The ability to persuade requires two components: One who utilizes the tools of persuasion; and a receptive audience, open to an alternative perspective, and willing to regard and consider the arguments of the first.
Power is often the single most obstructive obstacle placed in the path of persuasion, precisely because it makes an individual, entity, organization or agency believe that it does not need to be persuaded to change course. Watching news shows and political interviews is quite instructive in the loss of society’s ability to either listen, or to persuade. The rule today is to talk, and as long as the monologue lasts, the opponent is given no opportunity to respond. He who talks the most, and the loudest, wins the debate.
In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, it is important to recognize the mechanisms already in place, and to use them to one’s persuasive advantage.
The Office of Personnel Management is the entity which must be persuaded. Inasmuch as it is easier to approve a case, than to deny it and have it Reconsidered or appealed to the Merit Systems Protection Board, the approach must be one of: What can be submitted to make your job easier, and to relieve you of your heavy caseload? For one thing, a concise and streamlined Federal Disability Retirement packet. For another, a Disability Retirement packet which is clearly proven. And for a third, legal and other arguments which are simple but to the point.
Meandering arguments and voluminous biographies, as well as diatribes of complaints, will not win the day.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire