My father actually worked with both sides of the aisle. He worked with President Clinton, he worked with President Bush 43. He never took a political position, but what he took was the idea that people in government, in politics, they also need to have the opportunity to really try to create good alternatives, create solutions that everyone can benefit from.
I think the idea of habits four, five and six – thinking win/win; seeking first to understand, then to be understood; and synergizing – are really a powerful approach to what could help people in government and in Congress today because we see very little of that going on. Too often there's win/lose thinking in politics. [My father] often would teach that the key to influence is to first be influenced. Listen to them, understand what they're saying, and have them feel understood. Then, once people feel understood, they become far more open to you and your influence. We need that today in a polarized, divided government.