Judging versus Supporting Others

Image by Sabrintha Linda You know the old glass is half full metaphor. Well, that applies to the way we talk about and critique others. We can support the strong points someone offers, or we can tear them up. This is particularly true of teams, communities and other group activities. Harvard Business Review ran a great piece by Rosabeth Kanter a few months ago about creating a positive culture of respect. “Winners can maintain high aspirations and act generously toward others,” said Kanter. “Losers are more likely to blame others and disdain them as mediocre, creating a culture of finger-pointing and infighting.”

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Open Letter to Cathryn Sloane

Hold Back Time, Plate 2 by Thomas Hawk Well, it’s pretty much over now. The rain of negativity landed upon you. I don’t care whether your post is right or wrong about the best age for community managers. The vitriol expressed by many of the dissenting voices in comments and responses was reprehensible. Some have been measured in tone, but generally you received a crash course in negative commenting and personal attacks.

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