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I agree that fundamental differences do influence with whom we choose to associate at work, socially, and even in our choice of neighborhoods to live. We all have personal and professional opinions and views, some aligned with a majority, some with a minority, and some with a fringe. All have a role when we explore them in the constructive, collaborative ways that engineering tradition has shown us leads to better conclusions.
Have we lost the ability for meaningful interactions when opinions and views collide?Don't meaningful interactions expand the associations we choose?Don't meaningful interactions contribute to finding common ground?
Put another way, as a business owner or supervisor, why would you not work with a client, grow your business, continue to make a positive mark, when your opinions and views collide?
As a business owner or supervisor, why would you not want the best person to fill a position in your firm and then foster an environment that leads to their success; isn't your continuing success and profit dependent on them?Those that favor their views and opinions over their business objectives are not my idea of a business owner or supervisor but missionaries; ok for them but not my model.