Avoid Infighting at Work

By | November 24, 2021

[November 24, 2021]  No one wants to wash their dirty linen in public.  Organizational disagreements, family squabbles, and couple arguments are best not aired openly.  The reason is simple; we want to show a united front to outsiders.  Doing so makes us appear professional and honest.  Airing grievances is a sign of dysfunction and chaos.

We all know problems occur in any group.  Telling the world about them is unproductive.

I was a new Battalion Executive Officer in a Heavy Engineer Unit preparing for deployment to combat.  I was a major.  The Operations Officer, and a good friend of mine, also a major, had not resolved a particular point about the deployment.  The disagreement was legitimate and would need to be resolved before deployment.  Our discussion inadvertently spilled over into the earshot of the Brigade Commander and his staff.  Problem!

The Brigade Commander considered delaying our deployment, potentially throwing our entire planning and preparation into disarray.  Fortunately, we convinced him the disagreement was minor (it was not) and continued along our planned deployment cycle.  My friend and I were able to agree and, afterwards, were careful not to allow any disagreements to surface outside our unit.

Likewise, there is serious infighting between Team Biden and Team Harris in a much more critical environment at the U.S. White House.1  The origins of this are not as important as the fact that this is now a public issue.  Rumors are surfacing fast and furious; many strike to the ability of either to effectively led the nation.  Whether true or not, this infighting, which both Biden and Harris should immediately put an end to, is generating the perception that neither politician has their act together.

However, this infighting at work between Teams Biden and Harris gives us an inside view of the two politicians, and that view is not good.  They appear petty and mean-spirited.  They give the impression to say one thing and do another.  And, as long as this infighting occurs, the publics’ perception of Biden and Harris will continue to decline.

Solution?  Stop the infighting.  Tell your staff to shut up and do their jobs.  Any mention of the other team would be grounds for dismissal.  Yes, harsh, but the constant bickering is not suitable for the efficiency of the White House or the general public.

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  1. https://lidblog.com/infighting-between-biden-and-harris/

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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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14 thoughts on “Avoid Infighting at Work

  1. Valkerie

    Great idea that is often not used. Infighting is common because it is the very nature of human kind to compete against one another but, according to Gen. Satterfield, sometimes that has to be put aside to ensure unity in the face of a great enemy. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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  2. Lynn Pitts

    “And, as long as this infighting occurs, the publics’ perception of Biden and Harris will continue to decline.” Very good comment, Gen. Satterfield. That is why infighting should be reigned in.

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  3. Erleldech

    Great article, Gen. Satterfield. Maybe, someday, you can expand on this topic. There will continue to be a lot of fish in the barrel to shoot on this topic.

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    1. Plato

      From the article, something that everyone predicted except low information voters in the US. “Staff members continue to stream out of the Biden-Harris White House following reports of a hostile work environment and infighting between the presidential and vice-presidential offices.” Surprised that the wheels are coming off the Biden-Harris term? If you are surprised, then take a look at yourself and ask “How stupid can I be not to see this coming?”

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      1. Max Foster

        “The vice president herself has told several confidants she feels constrained in what she’s able to do politically. And those around her remain wary of even hinting at future political ambitions, with Biden’s team highly attuned to signs of disloyalty, particularly from the vice president,” CNN added. I have news for you CNN, this may come as a shocker but we have a name for this ….. it’s called democracy in action and real leadership is how you overcome the problem. When you have a second stringer as the VP, expect only whining and complaining. Harris wants someone else to fix her personal problem. Yeah!

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        1. Greg Heyman

          Typical socialist/progressive …. blame everyone else for your lack of performance. Wow, how’s that working out for ya?

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      2. McStompie

        I’m certainly not surprised by my liberal friend down the block was taken aback. I just smiled.

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  4. Georgie B.

    Umphf !!
    Well, so I do it to prove a point and that the snowflakes cannot take over thru their moral posturing. I expect less of them other than a bunch of hotair.

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    1. Dead Pool Guy

      Tackle the moral (moralless0 liberal snowflakes wherever they are. Never let them take an inch of moral ground because they see that as approval for their immorality and stinking marxist logic. Keep up the greatness in us all and don’t fall for their intellectualless traps. Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow for everyone here.

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      1. Guns are Us

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        and to you as well, Dead Pool Guy. Best to you and your family. Despite the crazy, out-of-his-depth Joe Biden, we still have a lot to be thankful for nowadays. 👍

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        1. Audrey

          Yeah, I still have my guns. The gov’ment is coming for them. Never register your guns. Hard lesson learned.

          Reply

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