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Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
-- Andre Gide
 

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Common ground

Every person has a unique perspective. And yet, the things we all have in common are far more numerous than our differences.

Behind every difference of opinion, behind every disagreement, behind each conflict there is common ground. And that common ground can be the starting point for resolving the conflict.

Finding common ground does not mean giving in or forcing the other person to accept your point of view. Instead, it means discovering the areas in which you already share a similar perspective.

It is well worth the effort to find things upon which everyone can agree. For that sets the stage for true understanding.

Often, every person seeks the same ultimate outcome, and the disagreement is about the details of how to get there. Even when you are unable to agree, it is always possible to understand.

Seek to focus on that understanding, and work to find common ground. It is from that point that everyone involved can begin to create real value for all.

— Ralph Marston

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