This year, the social climate feels a little different to me. I’m aware of the tension in relationships across groups – political, religious, racial, etc. There seems to be more sensitivity and more potential than usual for disagreements to erupt. So, as you move through your procession of holiday gatherings, add an extra measure of respect.

Whether it’s a company-sponsored event, a colleague-hosted gathering, or a party with family and friends, consider steering clear of debates that get heated and casual, insensitive remarks.

This season is about joy, peace and fun. So, absolutely, live it up! Enjoy the festivities!  And take your best self wherever you go – the one who knows how to avoid career-limiting moves and steer clear of thoughtless acts that exacerbate tension in important relationships.

This year, perhaps more than ever, say and do only that which adds an extra measure of respect to every interaction.

 

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