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A weekend call for compromise from Hillary Clinton

Making the American political system work is all about collaboration and consensus. When American corporations recruit candidates for upper management, they seek people who value collaboration and consensus and they develop those skills. American voters need to be educated about the critical importance of those characteristics when recruiting and electing political representatives. That is a vital message.

Hillary Clinton signing books
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Hillary Clinton put it out there as reported by Julian Hattem for The Hill.

“American voters should make it very clear that we will not vote for someone who says proudly he or she will go to Washington and never compromise,” she said, according to the Boston Globe.

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According to Morten T. Hansen and Herminia Ibarra in a Harvard Business Review post, collaboration is a balancing act. You can’t have too much, nor do you want too little. In the instance of the U.S. Congress, there are times when there are too many oversight committees and therefore the collaboration mechanism is excessive.

For instance, Homeland Security was reorganized years ago to eliminate redundant organizations and to produce a more streamlined and efficient department. The trouble is, Congress didn’t reorganize how they oversee it, and that remains overly complicated, burdensome and ineffective. Why is it so hard to fix it? No congressional representative wants to let go of committee positions and chairmanships. Self-interest overwhelms the need for balance.

Under-collaboration is apparent by those coming to Congress bent on the idea that they will not collaborate to reach consensus. Such hard-headedness is not good government. So, who are the most hard headed. Start with the Tea Party and work through Republicans because that is the problem.

That isn’t to say that there are no hard heads in the Democrat Party. Hard-headed Democrats tend to be the senior leadership who failed to collaborate and reach consensus with Republicans when they had control of Congress. There is enough blame to go around. The point is, American voters must help filter out those deficient characteristics.

Hillary Clinton is out signing books at large discount stores. Attention all you shoppers, the blue light special is on in aisle 16, and that is the Democrat wearing a smock and signing her books.

“Getting Collaboration Right
by Morten T. Hansen and Herminia Ibarra | 8:38 AM May 16, 2011

This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Making Collaboration Work.
Cisco recently announced that it is trimming its elaborate structure of boards and councils — its collaboration machine. Although we don’t know the precise reasons for the changes, it is clear that the setup was viewed by some commentators as unwieldy and insufficiently results-oriented.

Cisco’s efforts underscore the key challenge of collaboration — how hard it is to get it right. Companies usually fall into one of two traps.

  1. Under-collaboration. (content omitted)
  2. Over-collaboration. (content omitted)

‘Both traps are equally perilous: under-collaboration leads to underperformance relative to a company’s resources, and over-collaboration undermines speed and execution, also leading to poor results. Collaborating in the right way to reap the economic benefits and not fall prey to either extreme is clearly a very difficult balancing act.”

“Clinton calls for political compromise
By Julian Hattem

Some lawmakers in Congress are too focused on partisan ideals and should work harder to put aside their differences and compromise, Hillary Clinton said on Saturday.

Speaking at a conference for financial advisors in Boston, the possible 2016 Democratic front-runner reportedly lambasted politicians who come into office with unflinching objectives.

“American voters should make it very clear that we will not vote for someone who says proudly he or she will go to Washington and never compromise,” she said, according to the Boston Globe.

“We’re not even coming together to solve the emergency problems,” she added, referring to the crisis of unaccompanied minors at the U.S. border.

Clinton was not originally scheduled to speak at the Ameriprise Financial conference on Saturday. Instead, she took the place of former President George W. Bush, who ducked out of the invitation to recover from knee surgery in Chicago.

“The last time a Clinton replaced a Bush, things turned out pretty well,” the former secretary of State joked."

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