Careful Compromises

Compromise is something that should always be handled with care. Compromising too soon or too often communicates an insecurity in the proposed direction. A lack of willingness to compromise can communicate a closed mind that is unwilling to listen or consider the opinions of others. Great compromises result from careful consideration of multiple perspectives that move the team forward. Compromises should never be made to sugar coat a necessary change by trying to repackage the vision to look more like the status quo. Repackaging the old never allows the new direction to be taken seriously.

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  1. Compromise as you mentioned can be a sign of insecurity. On the other hand, could it be that persuasion, which requires thorough and careful preparation, (Phillips & Gully, 2012) plays a large role in it? In order to be persuasive, you need to build credibility, resist having a hard shell, must be willing to COMPROMISE, have compelling positions, connect with people emotionally, have a continuous feedback loop and be patient.
    Compromise is an important aspect in so many different areas of life, whether it be family, sports, business, etc. Negotiating in business is a process in which two or more parties make offers, counteroffers, and concessions in order to reach and agreement. (Phillips et al, 2012, p. 372). When compromising with someone who has much better negotiating skills, it can seem that we are “giving in” when in fact the other person may have just prepared well, as well as understand the alternatives better. I wonder if getting someone to compromise that is less skilled in negotiation is ethical when you are trying to achieve something for the good of only yourself? It comes up in business quite often.

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