For more than a hundred years, when personal arguments have devolved to an emotional back-and-forth, someone will often seek a reprieve with this: “Cut me some slack.” It is a near universal signal that everybody needs to take a breath, take a step back, chill. It seeks the chance for perspective and context. The method holds for companies, candidates and institutions, as well.
It is a useful approach, offering a chance to review the problem and restate, perhaps with more clarity, a persuasive point-of-view. Under the right circumstances, an apparent affront or misstep can be corrected without getting in the way of a relationship or an opportunity. It only becomes a problem when people — or the market — won’t cut you that slack. That’s why actions that diminish an individual’s or company’s reservoir of good will should be avoided at most costs. More»