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Counsel with Friends and Associates

Several years ago we made a recommendation to a large institution on a very important issue. Our recommendation was ignored and we were disappointed. Then recently that organization received the report from an expensive consulting firm that drew the exact same conclusion which is now being adopted. My first reaction was to remind them that we said the same thing three years ago. In other words – rub their nose in it.

But before I sent my polite but nasty note I asked for comments from two of my close associates. They made the point that although I was dead right there is nothing to be gained by pointing that out. In fact, in the long run, it could likely harm other relationships. I stopped, reflected and basked in the thought that we got it right three years ago and never sent the note.

The lesson is to ask for counsel on critical issues. Most of your friends and associates are happy to help and take pride in contributing. Don’t ever hesitate to seek the guidance of those around you.

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