Marco Polo

by Susie

Did his journeys reeeally take place? While there are naysayers, there are just as many who believe his stories. Debatable, that is true.

For every North there is South, for East, West. Ying and yang represent the quintessence of the interdependence of two opposing points of view.

All this got me thinking about life and some of the conflicts I’ve seen with other people. To be fair, I’ve had a few conflicts where I was struggling to budge from my position. I work well with people, though I’ll admit I can be a bit stubborn and pig-headed at times, especially when I think I’m right.

But I think you must bring things together to be effective. Even the most adamant leaders, while they mostly get their way, have to find a way to get the other side to bridge the gaps between them. Unless people can find a way to bridge those gaps, I really think that any enterprise/relationship is doomed to much less success than they might otherwise have. It doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO of a billion dollar company or a small team of 2, you need to find ways to work together, to achieve balance, if you will.

That means compromise, you have to make an effort to find some common ground, to really examine your position and see if there is a way you can make changes that are acceptable to the other side.

Watch kids at play one day. Polo! has to get as far away from Marco! to survive until…tag! Marco has you! I’m amazed at how often this occurs in business as well. While the universal ideal is to survive, work shouldn’t be about survival of the fittest. You cannot just go carte blache on your co-workers. If you fail, the whole team fails. There is always a way to work together and modify our position or argument. Often it comes down to just communicating with the other side. You might be amazed at how often you find out that that thing each of you cares about the most is not only different for each of you, but it’s something the other side doesn’t even worry about.

The next time you find yourself locked in a battle at work or otherwise, think about what I have said. You may not believe man Marco traversed all the way to China, but the tales were truly compelling. For every North there is South, for East, West. For every Yes, there is a definite No. Try to find the balance. Even if you can’t find a way to work together, if you have the right attitude, you’ll probably end up smiling, albeit not right away.


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