The Difference between Disagreement and Dislike

Sometimes I hear that other Recruitment Process Outsourcing companies are saying disparaging, nasty things about Pinstripe.

In my experience, it is a terrible sales strategy and I just don’t get it.

I do know that we fiercely compete in the marketplace, have philosophical differences, and vary about some aspects of RPO delivery with our competitors. However, I do not dislike them and would never be publically (or privately) malicious. As a matter of fact, there are many competitors I admire and I truly like some of my peers in these organizations.

These mean spirited attacks remind of the current healthcare debate and some of the ridiculous rhetoric generated in DC (and elsewhere) regarding this issue.

So I was pleasantly pleased and surprised last week when Conservative Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn defended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – a lightning rod among opponents of the recent health care legislation.

In a town hall meeting Coburn said to groans in the crowd: “Come on now, she is a nice – how many of you all have met her? She is a nice person. Let me give you a little lesson here, I hope you will listen to me. Just because somebody disagrees with you doesn’t mean they aren’t a good person.”

He then added, “What we have to have is make sure we have a debate in this country so that you can see what’s going on and make a determination yourself,” he said. “So don’t catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody is no good.”

It is more than OK to disagree and debate (that’s life); however, let’s stay professional and civil.


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