With the election year in full swing, a lot of people are focused on the presidential election. Given the stakes and the media budgets on both sides, that’s not surprising.
But in the midst of it all, it is worth stepping back to remind ourselves how much is happening where there are few cameras, if any, and even fewer late night jam sessions with Hollywood’s top talent taking the stage.
These meetings of the minds between senators and representatives, both at the state and federal level, form one part of our national communications backbone (the other parts include cities, counties, neighborhoods and community groups) that will eventually decide how things get done.
What that means is that politics is actually less about idealized statements, but about the extent to which all participating parties are willing to compromise, to listen and understand what the real needs are – and that it can still be fair even if you don’t get exactly what you want.
Understanding the delicate give-and-take nature of true partnerships would probably give us a healthier respect for the work our government officials do. For companies and organizations, it is a good note to take as well since building partnerships is often so critical when it comes to long-term success.