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I have to tell you a story before getting underway — it guides how I approach today’s challenge. It starts with a guy, whose name I’ll change to Stewart. Stewart is an executive at Iron Mountain, an S&P 500 corporation. For the past four years I had the great pleasure of serving as Iron Mountain’s head of Human Resources and Administration. Stewart was a super, über “corporate guy.” I was usually entertained by his calculated moves. He was a corporate chess player “extraordinaire” – Ever met anyone like this?
Anyway Stewart got me one day. I didn’t even see it coming. He agreed with me in a private very-critical “pre-meeting” on a topic. Then he set me up in front of the CEO in a more public meeting by changing his position 180 degrees. I should have seen it coming — I was just too exhausted to see it that day.
In spite of this craziness Stewart used a positioning on occasion which I thought was masterful. It went simply…”let’s start with where we agree.”
So, on transitions, let’s start with where we agree: Continue reading