08 Feb 2012

Most workplace conflict is contained in a room, or maybe behind closed doors. Not so on Super Sunday when Madonna starred in her half time show ending with a vision of “world peace”.

A gazillion people watched.

So, what was with someone hired to come over from the UK to dance and sing who simply had to show that middle finger.

For what purpose?

This was a perfect example of workplace conflict, of inappropriate boundaries, of the need to be seen and heard, no matter what the cost.

Rather than use her name and give her more publicity, I would like to bring up the question: what part of an individual is so starved for attention they will behave badly just to be seen? It seems that the rule today is that any publicity is better than no publicity.

Recently I was on a television program called “The Girls.” I was asked to talk about how men and women behave differently when in stressful meetings. It was lots of fun and I saw the power of having a captive audience where any moment, any movement could be seen and dissected by a lot of people.

It is a responsibility not to be taken lightly.

The need to sensationalize is strong in many individuals who, I guess, are empty inside. They get off on extreme attention and are the drama queens and kings with no understanding of healthy boundaries.

I hope Madonna, as the boss of her show, brings this woman to task. It would be so easy to want to respond with her own “digitus impudicus”. Yet, as a leader it would be great if she could help this girl look inside to see where the emptiness lies.

2 Responses to Workplace Conflict, Madonna, and the “Digitus Impudictus”
  1. I really fail to understand the logic behind the comparison between Workplace Conflict, Madonna, and the “Digitus Impudictus”.. Has any body understood it?

    • Hi John,
      Here is my thought. This Super Bowl half time program was like any other business, albeit much more flashy. In plenty of other workplaces someone uses drama or explosive actions to get attention. The next step is what does the boss do with the impact after the fact. I simply think this is a great place where Madonna could help this young woman see a better way rather than just ‘fire” her or ignore her.
      i am also frustrated that today’s mantra is “any press is better than no press” and that goes for so many business people, not just media. We have so few boundaries any more about what is appropriate.
      Let me know if this makes more sense to you.

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