A few comments below based on your post...
> ...and I shall henceforth consider seriously becoming more cryptic
> in hopes of attaining that lofty goal of having my ideas actually
> considered prior to their ultimate and summary rejection.
Hey, don't be such a hang dog. (Unless, as there usually is, more
going on here than I understand.) Those ideas are generally getting
accepted. Not as fast as we would like, but faster than we have any
right to expect, given how we humans work.
>...in fact I think small steps are
> an inherent part of Agile. What I am not so all for is the notion of
> getting people to take some small step and then becoming complacent
> because, after all, they're better off now.
Hear, hear! Well said.
> I hasten to add that as far as I know, no one here has taken the
> Small Step Toward Complacency position.
Not explicitly. Who would, phrased like that? But de facto some take
that position, as you are saying.
> Awaiting your negotiators, or your seconds, as you may prefer, I
> remain, yours etc., etc,
...collaboration over...negotiation.... Is that echoing in my ears?