RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace

Subject: RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>, voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 14:43:40 -0500

John Posada said:
[...]I have a problem with those who
> "hijack" a conversation to state their indignation about a word they
> object to.
> It immediatly changes the direction and tone of the conversation from
> the subject at hand to the new subject.
> You can be rolling along, making progress on a topic, have everyone in
> the mind-space and clicking along, and in the heat of the momemt,
> someone utters the word "XXXX" (whatever).
> Don't say anything and everyone stays on the subject. Take the
> "initiative" to expres how you feel about that word (like you are the
> word-police to begin with) and BAM! there goes the train of thought.
> If you object to something someone said, after the meeting, approach
> them in private and explain your position. If they have a problem with
> what you are discussing, escalate it. All you did at the moment it
> happened is put them on the defensive and state that you feel yourself
> as morally superiior.

Having escaped all of my Catholic upgrinding... er... upbringing,
except the guilt, I can't muster respect for arguments based on
religion or religious beliefs - since I don't have those. So,
if somebody objects to some phrase that I've used, or to one
that somebody else used when I was present, I'll respond much
more positively to arguments from professionalism and from
(was it?) strength of mind, as were presented a few posts ago.

Also, since (again) I don't share the religious beliefs,
I usually invert anyone's implication of moral superiority
that they base on that association.

On a different tack, we can hark back to that recent
post about the naval commander - praise in public; dress-down
in private. That's a good idea not only toward subordinates.

So, on several counts, I think you are exactly right.

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