Do you have harmful conflict in your workplace? Is someone throwing you into their workplace conspiracy plan?
What is the drama floating around the office, in the breakroom, or on the plant floor?
People are often consciously or subconsciously trying to get you involved. Should you?
They ask you a question, target your emotions, and hope that you’ll provide a response and spread the word.
You are expected to offer an opinion, pay closer attention to the drama, and get others interested.
Do you put it on your agenda? Consciously or subconsciously? When someone tells you some juicy gossip do you start working for their cause?
Workplace Conspiracy Plan
People often wonder how the rumors start and why others choose to engage? Unknowingly, many participate.
One way to stop the conspiracy is to choose not to participate.
Stay focused on results. Focus on the metrics, the comparison to the goal, and stay focused. When you drift into giving the gossip traction, by giving it attention, you are a contributor.
Things often don’t seem to get better when we give gossip and harmful conflict more attention.
Certainly, managing conflict requires more than one approach. It requires a big toolbox of skills that allow graceful and resilient navigation.
The last thing you want to do is be a contributor. A carrier, the mule who totes around the conspiracy to derail real workplace performance.
When you choose to do things that matter rather than do things that are harmfully juicy you’ve made the right choice.
Choose what you get involved in carefully.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.