Make yourself vulnerable to avoid "violent politeness"

Too many workplaces are plagued by "violent politeness," in which people would rather nod quietly than voice their concerns about new ideas and strategies, writes Gianpiero Petriglieri. "[B]y censoring ourselves in order not to appear vulnerable, we are often complicit in being misunderstood. Silence is easy to fill with suspicions and assumptions," Petriglieri explains.

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