When employees are hanging around the proverbial water cooler this morning, what topics do you think that they are they most likely going to be discussing?
Of course if they are following standard business protocol they will not be discussing religion or politics.
But, as dedicated employees, perhaps they will be debating the best way for your company to streamline its production process or cost-cutting ideas that will bring an extra 20% to the firms bottom-line.
Maybe, and more likely, they will be debating Deflategate and whether Tom Brady’s four game suspension was too harsh for the transgression committed.
They also could be voicing their opinions on Caitlyn Jenner although to do so might be considered to be politically incorrect and therefore an off-limit topic.
Obviously the first discussion could potentially be helpful for your business while the latter two are simply a theft of productivity.
But there is one topic that I would unfortunately estimate has a less than a 1 out of 10 chance of being discussed and that is the nuclear deal that has been cut by the Obama administration with Iran.
One reason for why this is likely the case would be the aforementioned violation of business etiquette (which I am about to do).
The second and more likely reason is that incredibly Americans seem to be uninterested either in the deal or the deals potential ramifications.
About three weeks ago in another article here (‘Iran nuclear deal and the art of negotiation‘) I likened the Iranian negotiation to one that a business might enter into and said the following…
‘If I am considering entering into a deal with a potential venture partner, much thought has to go into who it actually is that I am having discussions with. For example…
- What is the background of the other party as much can be learned by examining how they have acted before,
- When vetting them, what do others have to say about the way in which the other party conducts its business,
- From what you can determine do they keep their word, do they have integrity, do you share common goals and visions,
- Do you believe that you can negotiate in good faith with them because if not, any agreement that you come to may not be worth the paper that it is written on,
- In back and forth discussions can they understand your position on key aspects of a proposed deal that you may not like and, more importantly, are they willing to compromise? Any deal will typically have aspects that one or the other side is not 100% happy with?
In the nuclear deal cut by the Obama administration with Iran, it seems that all aspects of numbers 1-5 were negative as it relates to the rogue nation, its future intentions and its past actions.
So how and why would we enter into such a negotiation that experts all over the world have conceded would not only fail in stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, but would likely all but insure it?‘
Well now the details surrounding the deal have gotten even worse with reports that Iran will be allowed by the IAEA to inspect its own installations!
‘Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.‘ (AP)
If there has ever been a better example of the fox being allowed to guard the hen house I am hard pressed to think of one!
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Article written by Michael Haltman, President of Hallmark Abstract Service in New York.
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