What does it take to engage and retain top talent in the 2021 workplace? “The pandemic has upended the very way we live and work,” says business strategist Tim Minahan. “People want to work for companies where they can pursue their passions and explore, create, and innovate alongside individuals with different perspectives to deliver meaningful outcomes.” But bringing different perspectives together—without knowing how to compromise effectively —is a recipe for disaster. It begs the question: in a society that increasingly views compromise as a dirty word, how do we create the workspace today’s employees are seeking?
History often views the achievements of our early government through a lens of homogeny, as if our Founding Fathers were a composite group made up of like-minded individuals with similar backgrounds. Nothing could be further from the truth. The framers of our Constitution were made up of farmers, cobblers’ and blacksmiths’ sons, lawyers, ministers, merchants, physicians, soldiers, clothiers (among other trades), and both old money and self-made men. Add into this mix widely opposed beliefs about how strong our country’s central government should be and the differing (and often competing!) needs of Northern, Southern, large and small states, and you can imagine the minefield our Founding Fathers navigated.
Delegates had to work hard to create the Constitution—often called a “Bundle of Compromises”—to be acceptable to each of the 13 states. While each compromise was important, two, in particular, offer valuable lessons for today’s leaders:
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