The Grinch & The World of Work: #TChat Preview

The holidays have us fired up here at the TalentCulture World of Work Community. And that means we’re tapping into some high-powered friends – social business leaders at Mashable and HuffingtonPost/AOL for a super-spirited #TChat Radio program this Tuesday – followed by a dynamic #TChat Twitter convo on Wednesday. (See questions and other details at the end of this post.)

What’s the dust-up about? Well, we’re venturing into territory that lives on the edge of political correctness – a sensitive area for some. But workplace culture has implications for an organization’s contribution to the greater good. So in the interest of understanding the important relationship between corporate culture, community engagement and responsible leadership, we’re exploring holiday traditions, social behaviors, and business goals.

Consider this. I visited a friend’s workplace recently. It’s a really awesome space — open and airy, very hip — all mod cons, as they say. And it was oh-so-politically correct — green, Leeds-certified, the whole nine yards. That’s all OK, but here’s where it gets weird: Everyone is accepting and open, right? Culturally aware, they’re friendly and respectful. However, they’re so very culturally aware that holiday displays are strictly forbidden — no lights, no plants, nothing that might upset someone who’s not a fan of lights and plants in a holiday context. No expressions of wonder, affection or hope represented in association with (insert your favorite holiday here).

Click here for details about #TChat Radio this Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 7:30pmET

Click here to learn more about #TChat Radio with community leaders from Mashable and The Huffington Post

We’re not being political or religious. We’re just putting it out there: What if we said, “Enough, already!” with intolerance in the name of political correctness? What would happen? Would heads spin? Would the earth stop spinning? Would it really be that bad?

In the fearless tradition of #TChat, we’re taking this on. We’re setting up for an open, honest and spirited discussion that’s timely. Here’s the primary challenge:

Can we acknowledge holidays in the work setting any more, or has that ship sailed on the tide of progressiveness and political correctness?

Against this backdrop, we’re going to look at how organizations can show gratitude and thanks all year long, not just in…oh, all right, we’ll call them “holiday greetings.” For this week’s questions, we have our flameproof, thermal long johns at the ready, and so should you. Bring your passion and let’s talk – both on #TChat Radio (Tuesday night at 7:30-8:00pm ET) and then on the #TChat twitter stream (Wednesday at 7:00-8:00pm ET).

#TChat Discussion Guide – The Season of Sharing

Q1: Devil’s advocate: Does it even matter to stakeholders for an org to express the season’s sharing spirit? Why?

Q2: Where do orgs fall short in projecting an image of doing social good – during the season or at any time?

Q3: What can leaders do year ‘round to give credibility to end-of-year, seasonal shows of social good & sharing?

Q4: What are some traditional vs. new, innovative ways for orgs to express gratitude? What’s a good mix?

Q5: How is technology helping orgs to express gratitude? What are the pros and cons?

Don’t Miss The Discussion! Detail Here…

Bring on your inner Scrooge or heartfelt George Bailey!

First, tune into #TChat Radio, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30-8:00pm ET / 4:30pm PT, when we tackle the topic of holiday correctness with guests Meghan Peters, community manager from Mashable, and Brian Sirgutz, senior vice president of social impact at The Huffington Post/AOL.

Then join us for a free-wheeling open forum on Twitter: #TChat– Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7-8pm ET / 4-5pm PT. We look forward to your thoughts and reactions. No fear here, just an interest in learning and sharing, in the spirit of the season! See you Tuesday and Wednesday…!

Image Credit: Mister Grinch

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