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Do an evening review at the end of the day to reflect on what went well, and what you'd do differently next time.
-- Marilyn Suttle


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Mutual understanding

Your opinion is not worth much if you don’t clearly understand and respect opposing opinions. Progress is made by understanding, not by shouting, arguing, vilifying.

If the other side is being unreasonable, that’s no reason for you to be even more aggressively unreasonable. Instead, be aggressive in your efforts to create understanding.

Someone has to introduce understanding into the mix, then guide that understanding to cooperation and progress. Otherwise, nothing good will come of it.

Even the winner of an argument doesn’t really win if the disagreement remains unchanged. There’s no point in proving a point if it fails to result in agreement.

Mutual understanding is difficult. Yet with work, patience, genuine care, it is almost always possible.

By far, for everyone concerned, the best way forward is mutual understanding. Let go of your desire to win the argument, and seek instead the much bigger win of mutual understanding.

— Ralph Marston

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