Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Olympic Style Conversations


I taught a class, once, called Civil Discourse in the Work Environment. It was all about having honest conversations with one another while respecting boundaries & shit. Let me summarize it for you so you don’t have to take the four-hour course: don’t be a jerk at work.

So in the spirit of my former ‘glory days’ as the HR guru extraordinaire, I was intrigued to find a list of the ‘eight don’t asks’ of the Olympics — per the Chinese government. I really love the parallels between a corporate class on how to talk to your co-workers and a government list on how to talk to foreign visitors who are attending the Olympics. Here is an excerpt:

The posters instruct [Chinese] residents on the

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