Sea ViewsFrom President and COO, Adam Goldstein

Sea Views Blog with Adam Goldstein

Big Idea 2014: Compromise So We Can All Win

Throughout society over time, there is an obvious and unhealthy desire of antagonists to win. To win now. To win decisively. To win without regard for future consequences. This mentality isn’t helping families, companies, society or the economy to function as needed.

What I would like to see most of all at this time is greater spirit, willingness and foresight to compromise. I’m not distinguishing particularly between personal, local, national or global issues — more compromise is needed at all of these levels.

Yes, this is a competitive world. Life determines winners and losers every day. This reality is inevitable and no amount of compromise is going to change it. There are purists on two or more sides of most issues. Many see compromise as a synonym for muddle. Fight for what you believe is right. Don’t sacrifice for a worthy cause. And so forth.

Compromise is hard and sometimes it may be wrong. To the extent the recently announced interim deal with Iran reflects a compromise, there are many people and some countries that think it is a really, really bad outcome. There is no shortage of disagreement either about the U.S. decision — an apparent compromise with Russia among others — to refrain from attacking Syria after the use of chemical weapons was established, thus breaching the “bright red line.”

Yet with that said, the world is suffering for our inability to achieve compromise. Possibly the most visible example of the failure to compromise is the U.S. government’s inability to agree on a budget and a workable means of growing its borrowing capacity while it addresses questions of long-term financial viability. This is serious stuff. It affects the standing of the U.S. in the world and therefore the world order. It affects prospects for economic growth. It affects consumer confidence. It affects people’s plans and commitments to take vacations, including Royal Caribbean cruises. That’s enough for me to think that compromise is a big idea.

I’ve mentioned several large-scale national and global issues. But failure to compromise and the consequences thereof is hardly the exclusive terrain of our elected and appointed leaders. It’s plainly evident between individuals, between departments of companies, within industry associations, between plaintiffs and defendants, etc. There needs to be more impetus for identification of common interests and growing the pie for everyone.

The win-at-all cost mentality is apparent at every level of society and in all branches of our government. I don’t think this is a benefit to most of us. Therefore my big idea for 2014 would be for people in general (and governmental leaders in particular) to put more effort into forging useful and durable compromises that improve the economy and our collective security.

This blog entry was originally published on LinkedIn.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Close

Connect With us

Tab indicator
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@heldaz111 We often have decade-themed parties onboard, such as the 60s, 70s or 80s. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@belunyc Quantum of the Seas won't have our traditional Promenade.
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@kathrynfinanced Our London office will reach out to you for assistance. Thank you for your patience & have a great time on Independence.
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@Eeks85 We're sorry about your bag. Please call our Customer Service Dept. at 44 1932 834119 for help.
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@jimmypresnell We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us in the Bahamas. What was your favorite excursion from the cruise?
Set sail with your +myVEGAS rewards. We're excited to announce that you can now earn exclusive rewards by playing myVEGAS. Start earning your Loyalty Points now: http://bit.ly/1unAYvQ
Even more ways to play. From bumper cars and a flying trapeze to Xbox tournaments and special +DreamWorks Animation programming, Quantum of the Seas is reinventing family time. http://bit.ly/1C5CMKV
Sit back and enjoy the ride. How are you relaxing this Labor Day?
Kick off the long weekend with warm tropical breezes.

#royalwow photo thanks to chelsea9wilson.
Join CEO Richard Fain and David Pogue now as they reveal how technology on Quantum of the Seas is innovating the vacation experience: http://bit.ly/QuantumOTS
Last week, Quantum of the Seas docked out for the first time, and tomorrow we're revealing exciting details about our newest ship. Watch live at 10am EDT: http://bit.ly/1tuwsK0 http://youtu.be/_6bo3sT_y0U
Need a weekend escape? http://bit.ly/1pbiFXj

Photo thanks to s_marie92.

JavaScript and Flash are required to view video content. View the playlist on YouTube.

  • Sunrise over Punta C Sunrise over Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. 20 hours + 23 minutes ago
  • Sunset over Cane Gar Sunset over Cane Garden Bay, British Virgin Islands. #bvi 20 hours + 23 minutes ago
  • Key West, Florida. Key West, Florida. 20 hours + 23 minutes ago
  • Paradise found. #can Paradise found. #cancun #mexico 20 hours + 23 minutes ago
  • Radiance of the Seas Radiance of the Seas at Icy Strait Point. #alaska 1 day + 20 hours ago
  • Scenic Alaska from D Scenic Alaska from Deck Ten of Rhapsody of the Seas. 1 day + 20 hours ago
  • Tracy Arm Fjord view Tracy Arm Fjord views from Rhapsody of the Seas. #alaska 1 day + 20 hours ago
  • Rhapsody of the Seas Rhapsody of the Seas docks in Skagway, Alaska. 1 day + 20 hours ago
  • Sun and surf in Cule Sun and surf in Culebra, Puerto Rico. 2 days + 21 hours ago
  • Like your own privat Like your own private beach. Playa Caracas (Red Beach), Vieques, Puerto Rico. 2 days + 22 hours ago
  • The countdown continues. #QuantumoftheSeas makes her way to the US in less than two months.
  • Now this is what vacation looks like. #cococay
  • Time to explore. Image thanks to @mcdurr.
  • Glacier bound on Radiance of the Seas.
  • Explore the great outdoors.
  • Garden views at sea. #centralpark
  • Which destinations are on your bucket list?
  • Best part of Dragon's Tail Coaster? The views. #royalwow thanks to @marcellav
  • Twice the fun. #alaska
  • What more could you ask for? #stmaarten
Out of Office: Never Leave Home Without a Sense of Humor

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:32 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD One of the likely casualties of the rise of online communications is the travel disaster fueled by misinformation or no... Continue Here to Read More…

It’s Not Rocket Science – Keep Your Head in the Game

Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:20 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD This is intended as the first in a series of relatively easy to accomplish tasks that remarkably few aspiring managers actually... Continue Here to Read More…

Why the Royal Caribbean Brand Continues to Evolve

Monday, July 28, 2014 10:02 AM

By Vicki Freed, SVP of Sales and Trade Support and Service, Royal Caribbean International I asked some of the Royal Caribbean International senior leadership to write a guest blog about the state of... Continue Here to Read More…

My New Responsibilities

Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:37 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. When I took on my new responsibilities a few months ago, I thought it would be very interesting to become a provider of shared... Continue Here to Read More…

Royal Caribbean at the Food & Wine Classic

Monday, July 21, 2014 11:52 AM

By Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International I recently returned from Aspen, Colorado where Royal Caribbean International was the official cruise... Continue Here to Read More…

Have You Cruised on 30 Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 10:07 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Less than four months to Quantum of the Seas! As one of my law professors like to say, the “relentless march of the... Continue Here to Read More…

Royal Caribbean Expands Cruise Vacation Offerings in Asia

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 8:30 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. My latest travels brought me back to Asia the week of June 16 – 20.  As always, the pace and energy of the region are... Continue Here to Read More…

Personal Plans for the Second Half of 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014 9:51 AM

Blog by Adam A quick update on my other doings as the “empty nest” approaches even faster than the delivery of Quantum of the Seas. Our family continues our involvement with many aspects of... Continue Here to Read More…

How Entertainment on Quantum & Anthem Will Transcend Anything You've Seen on Land or Sea

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:22 PM

Blog by Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International Hello, everyone.  Last week I had the pleasure of being in Las Vegas where we announced the amazing... Continue Here to Read More…

Catching the Travel Bug: My Explorations through SEED

Friday, June 20, 2014 11:18 AM

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s community support efforts often focus on education and social services for underserved youth. Over the years I have written from time to time about my long term... Continue Here to Read More…