Sunday, June 24, 2007

A Bowling Date for Richard and Alec?

There is a strategy in Facilitative Leadership called "bracketing". Bracketing is something we are taught in Kindergarten, it goes like this: if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all! Taken one step further, it is the ability to hold our tongues even as we are thinking things in our heads. We all say things we regret, but most of us don't make the mistake of (hello!) vomiting our obscenities all over the information retrievable world. Having said that, there is absolutely no excuse for vile behavior. Retrievable or not, we should all be able to exercise civility in the face of conflict. While the House argues the merit of Mr. Pierce's appointment and the world battles it's opinion of Alec, I just want to say one thing. Mothers unite! Maybe what these two potty mouths need is a good soaping.

In all seriousness though, Mr. Pierce's disgusting email, which I will not post here (you can read them at Jeff's and Glen's blogs), are completely shocking. This is not about how to treat women or about being a gentleman. This is about integrity and the misuse of power, real or perceived.

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