Happy Pacifists
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December 18, 2018
Business rhetoric is rife with the language of war—there’s constant talk of conquering markets and dominating the competition. These tropes indicate a dangerous way of thinking that can have real consequences, intended or not, on human behavior. In this episode, two professors share their research on the impact of violent rhetoric on business ethics, and a member of Basecamp’s Support team talks about communication techniques that get us out of the mentality that everything is a zero-sum game. Show Notes The Brigham Young/Utah “Holy War” game is so famous it gets its own Wikipedia entry - 00:03 Steve Jobs’ quote about going “thermonuclear” against Android was first revealed in Walter Isaacson’s biography - 1:18 Joshua Gubler’s website - 1:49 David Wood’s website - 1:57 Joshua Gubler and David’s research, conducted with Nathan Kalmoe of George Washington University, was published in the Journal of Business Ethics in September 2015 - 3:20 Planet Money did a story about The Art of War’s popularity in business…