I’m remember a friend of mine showing me a photo of an angry soldier pointing a weapon against older women who are clearly terrified. She was clearly upset as was I about what was being portrayed.
“They are unarmed,” she pointed out.
I asked her, “Do you have any idea about what might have happened in the two seconds preceding the photo?” Of course, not.
The point of this is not the call attention to a soldier pointing a weapon at a group of people. It’s to call attention to the fact that unless we know what happened immediately before we don’t know why he was pointing a weapon and whether someone might have hit him, thrown something at him, or fired a weapon through the crowd in his direction.
The same thing happens at work where our colleagues are offended by a slight or an action that has occurred and seeks to rally sympathy for their position. It’s easy to listen with uncritical ears to what is being said . . . But you don’t know the context.
You may not know the context that your manager made the decision in. You only know what you are being told.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020
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