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Negotiate but never compromise on your values
Life at work is full of negotiations with your boss, your employees and your peers over a whole variety of issues – some consequential and some not. In addition we seem to always be in some sort of negotiations with members of our family and particularly those closest to us. It is a matter of give and take sometimes capitulating 100% and sometimes not at all. We all try to stake out the position we feel best about based on our unique experiences.
The one topic on which you should never negotiate is your values. If you know something is ethically, morally or legally wrong the time for negotiation is over. Bending the principles will get you in trouble every time. You can negotiate most anything but never compromise on your values.