Politics and LinkedIn

Some thoughts about the Business version of Facebook… thoughts on social commentary in general as well…

Temperature rising.  Talk about HOT buttons.  There is a very good reason why it is often suggested that you keep politics and religion out of business discussions.  Some people simply can’t have a calm discussion – way to emotionally attached to their own position to be conversational.  Lately there have been numerous references to the politics of the day and various players in the game on thebusiness networking site LinkedIn.

Many LinkedIn users have noted that these comments belong on Facebook rather than LinkedIn.  It is not the mention of political positions that is really the problem; it is the nature of the comments.  Scathing rebukes or rabid support of President Obama or Donald Trump will both generate dozens of angry and often even really nasty remarks that have no basis other than personal opinion.  It is here that I think many of you, my LinkedIn friends, have missed the point of what this site is about.  LinkedIn is a networking site designed to share connections, ideas and strategies for building personal and business success.  Comments like those we are referring to have nothing to do with building success.

LinkedIn is about finding ways to maneuver and innovate and thrive in whatever conditions happen to exist at any given moment.  It makes absolutely no difference if you agree or do not agree with any given policy or government regulation.  As a business person (or anyone really) you simply need to deal with it and figure out how you can optimize your business strategies in whatever environment you find yourself.  Complaining about what you don’t like accomplishes nothing.  The important thing is how you are going to minimize any negative effects and maximize the positive openings available.

LinkedIn should be about solutions because no one ever succeeds by getting all wrapped up in the perceive problems.  Currently, we have lots of “sour grapes” on LinkedIn thanks to the volatile politics of the day.  Let it go!  If we arrive at a time where everyone agrees on how to do things, it will mean growth and innovation have stalled.  It is the determination to thrive and succeed regardless of the obstacles and rules we don’t like that stimulate innovation and creativity.  If everything was easy going, we would be far less likely to come up with bold new ideas.  So, instead of LinkedIn complainers let’s stay focused on LinkedIn innovators.

John A. Brodie, PositiVibes Network

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