November 11, 2009

Sometimes, negotiations are tough slogging because they're tough

Whether in reference to the Obama administration, the AFT, academic administrators at some universities, Iran, or some other entity, my personal news reading and listening in the last week has been full of finger-pointing about reneging on deals, backing away from apparent deals, undermining good trends, falsifying promising hints, or ruining fresh minty breath. It is frustrating to see people so quick to jump out with criticism, a self-fulfilling prophecy of finger-pointing in situations where further negotiation could be fruitful.

There's a corollary to the truism about not worrying about credit attributed to Ralph Winter, George Marshall, Ronald Reagan, and probably many others: sometimes you have to choose between getting things done and setting up blame in case of failure. 

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