The Golden Bridge is a very useful concept to keep in mind when you’re in conflict. It’s worth considering:
How can you allow the other side to save face?
How can you allow the other side to feel like they’ve won in some way?
Allowing your opponent to retreat safely over a “golden bridge” can help them back down and avoid feeling any humiliation about the defeat, which can achieve a quicker and better resolution.
This is pretty useful to keep in mind professionally in negotiations. Anyone who’s been in a legal battle will appreciate this solicitor’s advice:
Even if you know you have the power to crush your opponent, allow them the possibility to retreat so that you do not deplete your resources, time or money unnecessarily.
And hey, you might find it useful in your personal life too - disputes with partners, family or friends would often benefit from a golden bridge!