Guest blog by America's Crisis Guru & NDPC conference speaker Jim Lukaszewski
A: Yes. In fact, you must meet with these people – or make serious attempts to do so. In every culture I’ve worked in, when there is contention, reasonable people ask why the contenders haven’t sat down and talked. You have to try, even if the outcome is fruitless, which is as likely as not. You have to sit down if possible, because your own supporters need to know you have tried. You will be criticized by some of your supporters for doing so, for lots of stupid reasons, but you must make the effort.
The foundation of your success is your preparation for these face-to-face meetings. Your preparation is will include developing key documents you can share with others that directly comment, correct or clarify (CC&C) what others are saying or advocating about you.
If your critics refuse to meet, send the documents to those who care about you and your goals. If your critics come to a meeting advocating things that are different from what you expect or have experienced, prepare another CC&C document contrasting their statements and comments against what you expected or experienced. Take good notes … they do. Send out additional communications that continue to clarify, correct or comment on their postures, purposes, assertions and allegations.
Read the rest of this blog and others by Lukaszewski at crisisgurublog.e911.com/. Lukaszewski is the featured speaker at the 2014 NDPC Conference, April 10 and 11, at the NDSU Alumni Center.