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Keys to Negotiation 11: Bargaining with “Deepening Conversations”

Becoming a better bargainer means being a better listener.  We negotiate every day. Some of these negotiations are at work, where we try to plan future actions or resolve conflicts over what we have already done. Some are with friends and … Continue reading

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The Special Challenges of Multi-Party Negotiations, Part 2

 By Susan K. Driver As I discussed in an earlier article, the structure of every negotiation is multi-dimensional. At any given time, negotiations are occurring simultaneously along three distinct dimensions: (1) the horizontal dimension across the table with the other … Continue reading

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Negotiation Quick Tips: Workplace Conflict

Workplace conflicts are very common. Sometimes those conflicts are between employees in the same organization. Often, however, those conflicts are between the boss and the employee.  An interesting post in Fast Company discusses boss-employee conflicts. One great thing about this article … Continue reading

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Negotiation Quick Tips: Famous Sayings

“The single most important thing for winning a negotiation is the ability to walk away from the table without a deal.” — Harvey Mackay Comment: One reason people are often difficult to negotiate with is because they believe they don’t … Continue reading

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Negotiation and the 4 Cs

By Elisabeth Graffy Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about policy conflicts, large and small, and the drumbeat of concern about civility and insistence on compromise. Many are sure there is not enough of either, but no one seems to … Continue reading

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Negotiation Quick Tips: When Values Clash

An interesting question came up while I was lecturing about multi-party negotiations at the Eastern Management Development Center (EMDC).  The EMDC is one of the executive training centers of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.  It is located in Shepardstown, … Continue reading

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Keys to Negotiation 10–Some Collaboration Tips for Complex Problems

by Susan K. Driver and Berton Lee Lamb When, and with whom should you collaborate in complex, multi-party negotiations?  On the one hand, fairness demands including all stakeholders, but on the other hand, involving diverse stakeholders can dilute the process … Continue reading

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Keys to Negotiation 9–Balancing Spontaneity and Planning

by Gregg Fisher Here is a story told by Robert Cialdini in his book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (page 274).  Back in the 1960s when the world seemed to be changing and long hair on men was new and … Continue reading

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Active Listening – A Foundation for Effective Communication in Negotiations

by Susan K. Driver Active listening sounds simple, doesn’t it?  But it’s not that easy for any of us, even experienced negotiators.  In a previous post, my colleagues talked about the importance of really listening to the other side and … Continue reading

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Keys to Negotiation 8–Pushing Your Agenda is the Easy Part

In his best selling book Big Russ & Me Tim Russert tells the story of a father and son conversation.  In this conversation the father and son are both physicians and the father is giving advice to the son.  Russert … Continue reading

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