Last week the Oxford English Dictionary announced “toxic” as 2018’s word of the year. “From ‘toxic air’ to ‘toxic politics’, the sheer scope of its application in 2018 made ‘toxic’ the stand-out choice,” wrote OED. “Toxic” has “truly taken off into the realm of metaphor, as people have reached for the word to describe workplaces, schools, cultures, relationships and stress”.

Seasoned here and there with the occasional Britney Spears pun, the announcement has generated a flurry of negative “I-told-you-so” media stories.  An almost gleeful rehash of the year’s low-lights in political, social and corporate scandals.

But what if there was another way to look at this?

NBC journalist, Nicole Spector, argues we’re witnessing the start of a new dialogue focussed on solutions:

“2018 hasn’t been the merriest year for us as a society, as these words reveal, but they show that at least we’re not ignoring or hiding from the challenges. We’ve brought them into the light of conversation.”

There’s never been a better time for managers and leaders to step up and engage in the people business. After all, that’s what business is all about – people.

#management #humanresources #personaldevelopment #communication #people

(Click here to read Nicole Spector’s article in full)