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Sing the praises of a little patience

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When Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini sent the score for his new opera Norma to the soprano who was to sing the title role back in 1831, she refused to perform it.

Bellini told her to spend just one week singing it. By the end of that week, she loved it. The opera has been performed tens of thousands of times since, a testimonial to Bellini’s skills as a deal-maker.

Lesson: Ask your people to live with an unpopular decision for a little while before rejecting it out of hand. You’ll often find that they come to embrace it.

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