Compromise can be such a dirty word, among purists, in particular. Aside from being the chronic condition of politicians and bureaucrats, compromise smacks of mediocrity, being average, selecting the middle road. The word, as a verb, gets even worse. Think of when your privacy or security has been compromised.
And, yet, the word has an honorable past and intention: to promise together.
When is compromise a good thing?
There are plenty of times when compromise is needed, especially when it comes to gaining agreement. It is the condition necessary to work in a diverse environment, where people come with differing beliefs and perspectives. In modern times, the word is more associated with the settlement “contract” made as opposed to the act of coming together.
Going even further, I thought of a few other ways that compromise is a good — if not necessary — component of success in today’s world. Here are my four great compromises…