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The room where it happens

In a famous song of the musical, “Hamilton,” there is a frustrated refrain by Aaron Burr that he wants to be “in the room where it happens.” Hamilton’s advice: “Talk less. Smile more.” Lawyers both, Hamilton understood, while Burr did not, that the price of inclusion in high-level decision-making is collaboration, collegiality and compromise. The higher the stakes, the more important these practices become. And the room where it happens was clearly understood as that physical place where the decision-makers gather.

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