Trust Can’t Happen if Optics Don’t Change

Watching the press conference between Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, from
Moscow, the optics were telling.

Lavrov’s opening statement was lengthy and confusing, whereas
Tillerson was calm, short and terse in his opening.
The style and pattern from both ensued during answers from
questions by the attending journalists. The Minister went on and
on with jibber jabber propaganda, while the Secretary’s answers
were direct and clear.

It follows how we communicate in personal relationships.
A sincere person is straight forward with no excuses for any miss
steps.

A snow job can be identified when it needs a long excuse filled
explanation and over emphatic denials.

Peace and harmony is achieved with respectful integrity. It holds
true with individuals as well as nations, because trust cannot
happen if the optics are not changed.

Conservative column from George Giftos

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