Even Crisis Can’t Shock Us Into Getting Along for Very Long

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Even Crisis Can’t Shock Us Into Getting Along for Very Long

Dan Balz’s wrote a fine article titled Shutdown’s roots lie in deeply embedded divisions in America’s politicsin (The Washington Post on 10/6/13)  Worth reading for insight on what seems to making gridlock in Washington and throughtout the US stronger.

I was drawn to one paragrapgh that I can be potentially valauble for those who work on change in organizations: “There seems to be no easy way out of all this, absent some large external shock to the system. But the system has been shocked any number of times over the past two decades — from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to the massive recession in 2008 — and each time has quickly reverted to partisan conflict. Nor did the election of Obama in 2008 or his reelection in 2012 bring about any real truce. In fact, it has resulted in the opposite.”

I think about organizations with deep-seated antagonism and mistrust between individuals and groups. I wish had an answer. I don’t, but I sure do welcome your comments.

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