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    Jul 22, 2010 9:17 PM GMT
    Is it better to be true to oneself and ones convictions despite the reprecussions or to keep your mouth shut to prevent drama. We all know how I answered. LOL. Honest thoughts guys...this is interesting to see what people say.
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    Jul 22, 2010 9:39 PM GMT
    Work is a special environment that only permits sterilized conversation in order to keep everyone in harmony. Therefore, navigating politics is important. If the issue revolves around ethics, fiduciary responsibility, or accountability and responsibility, stand up for your convictions. If the issue is a political hot potato that does not involve or affect you or cause anyone any egregious harm, shut your piehole. If you have a measure of authority, influence, a good reputation, and a good internal following, by all means speak on behalf of the right causes.

    In short, as the wise gentleman above indicates, please pick your battles carefully.
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    Jul 22, 2010 9:44 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidI'm an enormous fan of the "Choose your battles" theory.
    ^^that^^
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    Jul 22, 2010 10:35 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    TheGuyNextDoor saidI'm an enormous fan of the "Choose your battles" theory.
    ^^that^^


    +2

    Even if you know you are right, flapping the gums to someone who is nothing more than a throwback to medieval times or a simple button pusher isn't at all worth the energy.
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    Jul 23, 2010 5:08 AM GMT
    I agree. It's a matter of knowing when to speak up, and when to keep your mouth shut. You have to put some forethought into your actions and the consequences that might come with them.
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    Jul 23, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidI'm an enormous fan of the "Choose your battles" theory.
    If I know my words are falling on deaf ears I just don't even bother...
    Luckily, I don't see dead people either.icon_eek.gif


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    Jul 23, 2010 5:15 AM GMT
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    Im an enormous fan of TGND


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    Jul 23, 2010 5:21 AM GMT
    Frostea23 said
    RST2009 said

    Im an enormous fan of TGND


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    Jul 23, 2010 5:24 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo said
    Frostea23 said
    RST2009 said

    Im an enormous fan of TGND


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    errrr Tony, the GUY next door.
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    Jul 23, 2010 10:18 PM GMT
    LOL. I work on campus for MSU, so I am chilling with people I am friends and have classes with. We were talking more in general in that what is better discretion or honesty?
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    Jul 23, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    I would say a balance of both.

    In some situations honesty is good thing and in some it's worst policy ever.
    Knowing what to say, when to say it, where to say it, why you said it, who to say it to and how to say is an art.

    Sometimes being the bigger person and not saying anything at makes you the winner.
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    Jul 23, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    I believe there's a time and place. If you complain about every little thing you come across as a spoiled, immature brat. Rarely will everything be ideal. Life is about compromise. But, I think you can often be diplomatic in how you bring up "challenges" in the workplace. Some filtering is required, otherwise you're not a pleasant person to work with. There are times, however, where you do have to stand up and say something. Dealing directly and privately with the source of the problem is preferred, rather than behind their back. If that doesn't work, take it to a supervisor. If none of those work, then you can bitch.
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    Jul 23, 2010 10:32 PM GMT
    EricLA saidI believe there's a time and place. If you complain about every little thing you come across as a spoiled, immature brat. Rarely will everything be ideal. Life is about compromise. But, I think you can often be diplomatic in how you bring up "challenges" in the workplace. Some filtering is required, otherwise you're not a pleasant person to work with. There are times, however, where you do have to stand up and say something. Dealing directly and privately with the source of the problem is preferred, rather than behind their back. If that doesn't work, take it to a supervisor. If none of those work, then you can bitch.


    Excellent advice.
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    Jul 24, 2010 3:34 AM GMT
    I truly believe it's better to avoid drama.
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    Jul 24, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
    Choose your battles, or be diplomatic
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    Jul 24, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    My side of the discussion basically resulted that discresion was the better part of valor.