Swan not sharing pond with ducks
April 16th, 2018

There is danger in promoting collaboration – this is why it does not work.

It has been demonstrated that collaboration is important in the work place and it works. It has also been shared why collaboration is so hard. Today’s focus is on why collaboration does not work.

Two geese with one acting in an aggressive posture
April 9th, 2018

Why Is Collaboration So Hard?

From the time we started school we were taught to work hard, study hard, do our best and we will get ahead. Then when the best technician becomes a manager all of that has to be turned on its head. Why?

Five fits with participants from various backgrounds coming together with a fist bump as a team
April 2nd, 2018

Why is Collaboration Important in the Workplace?

We are all oriented to either minimizing pain or maximizing reward. This is what plays out related to conflict resolution versus collaboration. This article addresses the benefits of collaboration in the workplace and how you can create a more collaborative environment. Pioneering companies get it.

March 26th, 2018

What is BATNA and How Can You Use This in a Negotiation, Especially with Difficult People?

BATNA is an acronym for Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement.  This article addresses the definition and how you can use it for a more effective negotiation, even with difficult people.

Clear water with fish just below the surface
March 19th, 2018

What Types and How Much Information Should You Reveal in a Negotiation?

In a negotiation a common question is what types of information can be revealed and if so how much of that information should be revealed in a negotiation? Many factors enter into this question. This article explores three of the most common elements.

Storm clouds on the left give rise to blue sky on the right
March 12th, 2018

Going from Forming, to Storming, to Performing Relationships in Negotiations

When you form a new relationship through a negotiation everyone feels very good, but inevitably something comes up. Someone misses a deadline, quality was not what was anticipated, terms have been interpreted differently between the parties, or something else has happened to negatively impact the relationship. When something like this happens, the relationship can turn stormy. This commentary addresses how to bring the relationship back. There are three keys. These are: be empathetic, potentially change the participants, and consider reframing the issue.

March 5th, 2018

Preparing for a Negotiation with Difficult People

We all negotiate with others. Sometimes the other party can be very difficult to work with. Our best option may to avoid that negotiation and go elsewhere, but sometimes that is not an option. This article addresses this issue.

February 26th, 2018

How to Manage Satisfaction with Your Counterpart in a Negotiation

In a negotiation one of the keys to a successful negotiation is managing your counterpart’s expectations.  We would all like to have a win – win negotiation, but part of that is managing your counterpart’s expectations.   In the end what were their expectations of the outcome?  What happens when they shared their results with others?  How was the overall experience with you and the negotiation?  This article will discuss each of these items. Perceptions matter, not just the results.

February 19th, 2018

Here Are Five Tips to Improve Your Negotiation Skills

When we think about training and negotiation this may conjure up negative feelings. I want to promote that this can be fun and at the same time all of us can improve our negotiating skills. Not everyone can be a great negotiator, but we all can improve. Let's take a positive approach to negotiations and see what happens!

February 12th, 2018

What is an Anchor in a Negotiation Why Does It Matter?

In a negotiation when one party throws out a number that is anchoring your price. You could do it or the other party could do it, but once a number has been offered that tends to be an anchor as a starting point for negotiations. What are the implications? That is the point of this article.

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