“A nick here,
a nick there . . .
pretty soon you are bleeding to death.”
– Arthur Ashe, Pro Tennis Player
(describing the tennis style of John McEnroe)
Everyone has their own way of “negotiating.” One way, often quite effective, is to chip, chip, chip away at the will, patience and perseverance of your negotiating counterpart. In workplace negotiating, I have seen this method attempted many times, often in a passive-aggressive manner, by a manager trying to induce an employee to either quit, or engage in some type of “improper” conduct, such as yelling. If someone at work repeatedly “nicks” you, don’t fall prey to it. Understand what is being done, keep your head up high, and don’t worry – you won’t bleed to death, unless you allow yourself to.
This quote was shared with us by Deedee, of Los Angeles, California. Thanks, Deedee, for the reminder of how others sometimes try to hurt us. If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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