Negotiating on the Same Side of the Table

We believe that political leadership is a series of negotiations on the same side of the table. To be clear, a team doesn’t have to agree on everything. In fact, in a democracy it’s important that it doesn’t. This form of government is based in the belief that it’s crucial to pursue healthy debate so that minority opinions are heard and all representatives are able to make their highest contributions. When public collaboration is true teamwork, ideological opponents recognize that they are negotiating on the same side of the table. They then consistently place ego aside to constructively use the best of each other’s ideas and inputs. This vision of collaboration makes party partisans archaic, their obstructive tactics abandoned in favor of thoughtful and productive opposition.

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