Boehner's A-bomb: Is cursing effective workplace motivation?

Nashville Business Journal
Aug 1, 2011

Speaker of the House John Boehner recently used profanity while trying to rally Republicans considering his debt ceiling plan, which raised a question: Is swearing a legitimate method of motivating co-workers? Rangaraj Ramanujam, associate professor of management at Vanderbilt, said that while there’s a difference between cursing and abusive behavior, cursing can mark a tactical shift and communicate a very different message to employees than holding an open discussion.

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