hear so much about the need for diplomacy these days in everything from
international relations to bi-partisan relations, but the art of
diplomacy isn't just for national leaders and members of Congress.
Diplomacy, the employment of tact to find mutually acceptable solutions
to a common challenge, can be employed by everyday people in everyday
situations to the benefit of all.
Think of the many challenges we face:
Your daughter, a freshman in high school, wants to date a senior. Your
five-year-old son doesn't want to share his new Play-Doh set with his
cousin who is in for a holiday visit. Your coworker speaks so loudly on
phone calls that you can't focus and he's tired of your dirty looks.
Your Aunt Rose doesn't speak to your Aunt Mary, but is the sister of
Mary's husband, Bob who rarely gets to see Rose. How are you going to
please everyone with the seating plan at your wedding reception?
like these pop up all the time and they can really push our buttons if
we let them. The result? Anger, arguments, hurt feelings, crying and
worse. So how can the art of diplomacy make a difference and what's in
it for us?
diplomacy is a way of handling sticky situations that leads to
consensus and compromise. In other words, it is a way of finding a
solution that everyone can live with which, admittedly, is often
easier said than done.
Happily though, diplomacy involves certain skills that, given some
practice and patience,
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