Compromise has got a bad rap. It’s become negative, almost distasteful.
To live in community with another, it is a requirement. It’s actually a requirement for change; for teams, for organisations. Sometimes we all have to give up things we are entitled to so that we can work together. We can view this is a loss or we can view as win; it up to us. We can play the infinite game rather than just a finite one. Is our goal to win or to keep playing?
Compromise in a positive sense is a way of saying, I am better with you, together, and would be poorer if we aren’t in this together. The task or the market we are in is big enough or best served when we work together.
Photo by Adrià Crehuet Cano