Thoughts and Insights by Michael Gregory

Neuroscience Insights

August 13th, 2017

Shift How You Think About Confrontations to Impact the Outcome

The following is a guest blog post by Erika Garms, PhD, a friend and a truly insightful neuroscientist that has some very good ideas for you. I’m sorry to say that I’ve worked for plenty of dysfunctional and inefficient organizations. Perhaps many of you could say the same. As a result, I developed a burning desire to build healthier, and higher-performing workplaces for the sake of organizational results but also for the individuals who spend a third of their days within them. Five years ago, I founded consulting firm WorkingSmarts, Inc. to build healthy and high-performing workplaces.  More specifically, I help organizations to become brain-friendly by applying simple truths about how the brain works, to management and organizational dynamics.

August 6th, 2017

Relationship, Trust, IRS and Negotiations

I know as a negotiator one of the most important elements towards reaching an agreement in a negotiation is to build and have trust.  In order to have trust it is important to build a relationship with the other party. This is true in any negotiation, but especially with the IRS.

July 24th, 2017

Why is It So Hard to Change People’s Minds?

Having a very close relative that is at polar opposites with me politically is hard, but I love him. Others have asked how do you do it? That is if you both feel very strongly in your beliefs how can you deal with these very strong polar opposite perspectives? I have found an article that explains it from the Greater Good Science Center exploring neuroscience and how we interact with one another. This makes sense to me so I wanted to go over it with you and maybe you may want to share this with others too.

July 17th, 2017

An Update on Emotional Intelligence and Negotiations

On May 22, 2017 I provided a blog on Emotional Intelligence and Negotiations.  I have since received feedback and additional information that you may find useful. I wanted to share this with you for you and for you to help your clients, friends and family.

July 3rd, 2017

Avoid Conflict When Considering a New Job

In this article I address three things you might want to think about, seriously consider and then evaluate before you take a new job. Having mentored many considering career changes or new positions, I wanted to share some common themes for you to consider. These are your motivation, your values and your choices. Depending on your level of passion and what drives that passion as well as your underlying values and how much they drive your choices, this will determine whether or not you should take on that new opportunity.

June 19th, 2017

Are you a person that likes or avoids conflict at work?

Conflict at work is a given. Some people enjoy a good debate and discussion with colleagues while others would prefer not to have or be involved with this type of interaction and to avoid disagreements. No matter what these happen at work. So what should you do?

May 30th, 2017

What about Those That Threaten You during a Negotiation

In recent blogs I have addressed defensive rules in negotiations, and negotiating with those that don’t care.  This commentary addresses what you might want to consider with those that threaten you during a negotiation.   Threats can take many forms such as threatening to defame your reputation, going to court or walking out of the negotiation.  Regardless, when it happens your amygdala kicks in releasing chemicals and hormones that make you feel like you should fight, flight or freeze.  You only have about 6 to 10 seconds to catch yourself and not let the amygdala hijack your emotions.  This article offers ideas on what you may want to do.

May 22nd, 2017

Emotional Intelligence and Negotiations

There has been a lot written about emotional intelligence, how to improve it, and why having a stronger emotional intelligence may help in business. However, the implications to negotiations indicate more emotionally intelligent parties may also have greater empathy and be willing to lower their expectations at the negotiating table. So what should you do?

May 15th, 2017

Do Personality and Individual Differences Matter in Negotiations?

Do you believe it is possible to improve intelligence or negotiating skills? If you do or you don’t both matter relative to your mindset. This helps to determine whether you view these items as fixed or capable of growth. This article takes a look at this question, and then explores the impact of self-interest and selfishness, as well as creativity and sensitivity in negotiations.

Negotiations taking place in a boardroom.
April 3rd, 2017

The Importance of Relationships in Negotiation

Before beginning or even entertaining a negotiation, thought should be given to understanding the other party, a social media search, building a relationship, listening to the other party and educating the other party.  These are all elements that are needed before beginning the actual process of negotiating to enhance the chances of success.

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