Pride is believing you are
better than someone else. Pride (or hubris) is the most common flaw in Greek tragedies and myths. Dante and Virgil see prideful people must carry heavy rocks that force them to bow down and be more grounded.
Envy is a jealous feeling
or a very resentful longing for someone else’s possessions or qualities. It is when you covet what they have. When Dante and Virgil meet envious people, their eyes have been sewn shut. They lose outer sight, but they gain insight.
Heated Discussions are Positive, Too
Discussions Heated discussions are fine, when you: • Use a respectful tone • Listen to other viewpoints • Focus on the problem, not the person A heated discussion probably means you are working on a wicked problem.
Grapevine = Rumors Grapevine Grapevine
rumors usually run amok because of: • Poor communication • Changes in the workplace • Wild guesses by the staff Grapevine rumors can be very damaging and demoralizing. They can spread like wildfire, too.
Gossiping is about Envy Gossipers
want attention. They will: • Adopt a confidential tone • Impart details to undermine a person • Do character assassinations • Create a me-versus-them mentality You probably hear more information than you want. Gossiping
1. Don’t take it to
heart. 2. Focus objectively. 3. Deal with it as a task. 4. Arm yourself with facts. 5. Review the context 6. Assess the sources. 7. Be a source of reassurance. 8. Confront the gossipers directly. When You Get Targeted
1. Don’t participate in the
gossip. 2. Ask gossiper about their motivation. 3. Focus on projects, not people. 4. Talk about competitors, not co-workers. 5. Tell gossiper you are prepared to follow-up with the targeted person. 6. Talk about the positive aspects of the person. When Others Get Targeted
Wrath is a vindictive anger,
where you seek to destroy a person. Wrath lasts longer than whatever provoked it. In Dante’s Purgatory, smoke fills the eyes of wrathful souls. They find it hard to see and breath.
Sloth is simply being lazy:
mentally and spiritually. On Mount Purgatory, Dante and Virgil encounter: • Lazy people that constantly move. • Other lazy people jog and climb. • The laziest run at top speed forever.
Greed is an insane desire
to acquire (or possess) more than you need. It can lead to bribery, hoarding, and stealing. Dante and Virgil see greedy people lie naked on the ground because they were concentrated on Earthly possessions.
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Gluttony is an over-consumption of
anything to the point of waste. Gluttons consume too much, too fast, too soon, too wildly, and too expensively. On Mount Purgatory, it rains garbage and the gluttons eat what they can find. Only one of them notices Dante and Virgil.
Lust is an intense desire
for fame, sex, money, or power. It is an unnatural craving we use to justify bad choices. In Dante’s Purgatory, lustful souls twist and swirl in a tornado to symbolize their own lack of self-control.