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8 Mandates for Social Media Marketing Success

More than 150 Marketing Pros Weigh In On "8 Mandates For Social Media Marketing Success" by Kent Huffman, with Eric Fletcher. More information.

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It is the aspiration shared on countless seasonal greetings -- peace on earth.

Music and verse speak of it wistfully.  When words fail, it is our paramount hope for all touched by tragedy or loss.

But where are the peace makers?  Not the heads of state, or treaty negotiators.  Not those whose names will be associated with global acclaim and prize.

Where are the makers of everyday peace -- in homes, schools, city halls, and boardrooms -- those who inspire dialogue and collaboration; and build bridges?

Are there any among us able to question process, probe perspective and debate outcome without engendering adversarial relationship?

In short, where are the leaders able to see diverse perspective, hear differing beliefs, erase ultimatums, and facilitate a dialogue that builds on shared vision?

The Condition

Wherever two or three gather -- never mind three-hundred-million-plus -- a difference in opinion is certain to arise.  Some are insignificant.  But dare to delve, and diverse perspectives are a certainty.  (An old radio talk show friend used to refer to volatile ground as The Big 4 -- sex, religion, politics and rock-and-roll.)

I have always enjoyed vigorous debate.  The exercise is healthy.  The dialogue can be productive.  Unless lines in the sand or litmus tests render the debate a divisive and pointless exercise.

Look around.  Wherever progress is minima and every action polarizing, check the debate.  Chances are the conversations are contentious.

Meanwhile, long-term stability and progress almost always requires collaboration.  And a cooperative spirit rarely goes hand-in-hand with lines in the sand.

Two Keys To Makers of Everyday Peace

Anyone can be a peace maker.  Here are two keys.

Makers of everyday peace value dialogue above winning a single debate.  The goal is continuity -- to keep the conversation going.

Peace makers seek to understand as much as to be understood; conversion takes a backseat to gaining perspective; intentional listening becomes the baseline for communication.

Want to change a discussion that is going nowhere?  Build dialogue around these two keys.

We have opportunities each day.  Progress will seem slow; but blessed are the peacemakers.

Happy holidays.

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