Last summer one of my former students spent time in Zambia on an Exploration Seminar to study Economic Development in 3rd world countries. She said her experience was an eye- opening one and couldn’t wait to get back to Zambia. I suspect she can’t wait to get back because of the people she met. Even though they have very little, they know how to have fun, tease their friends and family, are welcoming to others and love to laugh.

A few nights ago I went to a fun dinner party. What I liked about it, and what made it fun for me, was how it felt like “family”. We ate and drank heartily, laughed continuously and even played a juvenile card game that had us all in stitches.

I think the similarities of these two groups are pretty close.  I can’t wait to get together with my friends again and my former student can’t wait to see her new friends.

What can we take to the world of workplace politics from these two experiences?

If we treat our co-workers like we treat our friends and family when we’re having fun, if our attitudes are more welcoming and accepting of others, and if we easily laugh and appreciate what we have, aren’t these messages strong and positive political statements?