The Passive Approach

It’s sometimes nice to overlook a minor offense but even that leaves the health of the team dynamic to chance. A passive approach becomes passive aggressive when the person who has hurt feelings has difficulty letting go of the offense begins to subtly retaliate against the offender. That retaliation can look like a shift in support, attitude, and effort. Things begin to feel different and the source of the difference is not obvious to anyone but the passive-aggressive person. Passivity has an easier path that may get us home at night without a hard talk but it’s at the risk of a very hard feeling developing over time.

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