In honor of Election Week – Can our workplaces become more democratic? What would that look like?

Let’s consider that hope and possibility. Today I want to let the wonderful Parker Palmer speak for me (mostly). In his recent book Healing the Heart of Democracy, he discusses how participating in a democracy involves working on our own attitudes towards others, and especially finding ways to engage with those who hold beliefs opposite to ours.

He describes five “Habits of the Heart”:

  1. An understanding that we are all in this together
  2. An appreciation for the value of “otherness”
  3. An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways
  4. A sense of personal voice and agency
  5. A capacity to create community

Seems to me like these are habits that would benefit not just our political life, but also our work organizations. What do you think?

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