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A Sign of Strength
Dr. Peter Teague,
President of Lancaster
"I believe one of the biggest
hurdles to compromise is our
insatiable desire to be right. Some
philosophers posture it as rooted in
our desire to be our own god. It's not
enough to express our opinions in
an articulate and civil manner - we
have to win. So much more can
happen in public square dialog if
we are open to compromise. It's
a mindset," stated President of
Lancaster Bible College,
Dr. Peter Teague.
critically, "it adds to the collective good of the whole,"
stated Representative Bryan Cutler.
To help get the conversation started, three local leaders
shared their perspectives and insights on compromise a
nd lessons learned.
FACING COMPROMISE HEAD ON
According to Dr. Teague, when Lancaster Bible College
was going through the acquisition phase of its academic
program of a peer institution, there were many moments
where the amount of change was evident, and unsettling.
This dialog literally took four years and while at the time
there were moments of uncertainty as to the wisdom of
that course, the reality is that today it is a thriving division of
the institution with hundreds of adult students enrolled. "If
being right was our goal we wouldn't have stayed at the
table. There was a bigger picture to drive process," stated
In business and politics, compromise is often viewed as a
sign of weakness. Whether it's having to compromise on
a large merger that could have lasting impact, a piece of
legislation or on an internal work issue, why is it so difficult in
today's environment to embrace compromise and leverage
those partnerships and relationships for the betterment of
the whole? Truth is, often we have more in common than not, "In my profession, there are extra layers to compromise
than in the business world," stated Representative Cutler.
but we get caught up in our different viewpoints.
"Politics can hinder compromise, however, it can also help
In this edition of Thriving! we are shining the spotlight
at times. With more people watching political leaders,
on compromise and taking a deeper look at this
compromise can happen quicker." Such was the case
leadership practice. When leaders embrace the concept
when Representative Cutler co-authored House Bill 1190
of compromise and assess each situation individually and
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