“PC” stopping you from speaking your mind?

Don’t feel bad, there are a LOT of people who say they cannot speak their mind or give their support for others who, although speaking their mind, are keeping it restrained. Keep reading, I will explain that this is not really the case, free speech is ALIVE and WELL, we just need to know what PC is and what it cannot do.

To understand PC, we go back to the beginning. It was first mentioned around 1917 during the Communist takeover of Russia and used to maintain adherence to the “Party Line’ – not a good start. Not much more was heard of it until the 1970’s.  The meaning at that time, was that a person being “PC” had an understanding of how their actions and words may affect people who were vulnerable to discrimination or could be disadvantaged. In other words, it was about being mature enough to know when and if, you were causing harm to others.

This term was very quickly hijacked by political parties/groups, using it as a tactic, a rallying call by NOT clearly handing out insults, degrading comments and pejorative statements against disadvantaged people, groups or even their political rivals – but by half truths and truncated statements alluding to the same, thus by using half statements only, they let their audience fill the gaps. This was, and very much still is, a powerful tool in the hands of a politician – as it is the audience who convinces themselves of their righteousness.

And then there are others who think it is a tactic they can also use: “I am not free to state my mind because of PC gone wrong” is just another way of saying one of two things (or both): “I have no real basis for my argument” OR “I am a real bigoted A-hole and want to say stupid stuff but don’t want the criticism”. Either way, it’s a ruse.

So, back to whether PC will actually stifle anyone from speaking their mind. The argument that PC prevents freedom of speech is flawed, everyone – in Australia and similar countries – has a right to say what they feel, free speech also gives others the right to have alternative views. What freedom of speech does not provide is the right to dehumanise, abuse or debase those who are unable or incapable of defending themselves in an equal manner.

Therefore, speak your mind openly and freely in a considered and mature way, remembering that as you have free reign to do this, others must be given the same consideration AND they are also very much within their rights to call anyone and everyone out when the protocols and dignity of free speech are being abused.

 

How does business recover from CV19? – What they are saying

A common theme I am reading for any business trying to phoenix back from corona virus is the relationship between the business leaders/owners and the staff. Many are saying the future for companies will be based on the trust between the employer and the employees. It will be this trust that will enable companies to source knowledge and ideas that will either differentiate them from their competitors or allow the company to improve its ROE (return on effort). Having a few good ideas will no longer cut it as many of these will be based on pre-covid-19 virus (CV19) models. Ideas will need to be uninhibited, dynamic and rapid. The “I know best” attitude will become the antithesis to gaining ground after the CV19 period, it will probably even be before that.

Another theme is to use this change in business dynamics and market to take or even make your own opportunities. Business will not be the same as it was, for a multitude of reasons, so waiting to see what happens will be a bad decision> some businesses are now in survival mode, they are in their death throws and there may be nothing they can do if they stay the same. It will not be a case of jumping on the band wagon and make masks, or hand sanitiser. Yes, they were good ideas at the time but after CV19 is gone something else needs to take its place.

And many are talking of the change in relationships, people will begin to be more aware of others, to help and to care what happens in their community (at least a lot more than before CV19). There is also a lot of conversations at all levels – including Govt – about the need to acknowledge those who actually carry and hold up the economic and social world we live in, the nurses, the teachers, the supply chain people as well as the emergency service personnel – all those who have been typically paid the least. It behoves humanity to look after all those who add so much value for so little compensation.

More, very valid and informative information and articles have been written. I have found the following great, some have been enlightening:

After coronavirus: ‘We can’t go back to business as usual’  https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/apr/04/coronavirus-business-finance-work-property

Why companies need a role-based model in the Covid-19 paradigm
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/jobs/why-companies-need-a-role-based-model-in-the-covid-19-paradigm/articleshow/75139253.cms

How To Reinvent Your Business To Thrive After The Coronavirus https://www.forbes.com/sites/tedladd/2020/03/26/how-to-reinvent-your-business-to-thrive-after-corona/#6b0675e043e2

How the Coronavirus Is Already Rewriting the Future of Business
https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/how-the-coronavirus-is-already-rewriting-the-future-of-business

COVID-19: Implications for business
 https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/risk/our-insights/covid-19-implications-for-business

Coronavirus: your guide to winners and losers in the business world
https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-your-guide-to-winners-and-losers-in-the-business-world-134205

Finding the Hidden Business Opportunities Around the Coronavirus Pandemic
https://www.inc.com/david-finkel/finding-hidden-business-opportunities-around-coronavirus-pandemic.html