Oral pledges are exactly what they sound like: pies in the sky—get written confirmation or
strike them off the books. If transparency comes back to bite you in the proverbial behind, just
stay still—things should settle in time. Don’t envy your more-powerful neighbors—turn
lemons into lemonade and connect with their resources. And, if voicing dissent puts you in
the doghouse, choose your battles wisely and make sure to speak up as often in support.