Thoughts and Insights by Michael Gregory

Enhancing Effectiveness

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.

May 1st, 2017

Defensive Rules for Negotiations

In negotiations we initially tend to focus on our position, our side, our perspective and our interests. These are in general offensive perspectives. In this article I am going to suggest considering defensive perspectives. This begins with preparation, facts versus perceptions and rephrasing or reframing the other side’s commentary.

April 24th, 2017

What Should You Do to Manage Conflict in the Workplace?

The stats are out there on conflict in the workplace.   So what can you do to help de-escalate others in the workplace.  This blog post provides some insights and recommends another article from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation for further reading.

In this article I offer a practical example of how to keep the team focused during difficult times and share with you an article from the Harvard Business Review Amy Gallo. Her aticle offers some good insights on “How to Keep Your Team Focused and Productive During Uncertain Times”.
March 27th, 2017

How to Keep Your Team Focused During Uncertain Times

In this article I offer a practical example of how to keep the team focused during difficult times and share with you an article from the Harvard Business Review Amy Gallo. Her aticle offers some good insights on “How to Keep Your Team Focused and Productive During Uncertain Times”.  .

March 6th, 2017

Understanding and Using Different Negotiation Styles

Reading “Understanding Different Negotiating Styles” by Katie Shonk from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation blog, it struck me that I wanted to share with you another way to look at negotiating styles other than the way these were explained.   She categorizes negotiating styles as individualistic, cooperators, competitives, and altruists and she offers some interesting statistics.  She has some very good insights and I recommend her article, however, I want to present some information for you from a different perspective.

A difficult child.
February 13th, 2017

Dealing with Difficult People

A common concern identified by participants from the 18 evaluations I received indicated a need to address “Working with Difficult People.”

Someone exhibiting the stress of stonewalling
January 16th, 2017

How to Overcome Stonewalling in a Negotiation?

Yvette Erasmus, PsyD LD asks a question about stonewalling and then provides some very good ideas from neuroscience. Stonewalling is “when the listener withdraws from the interaction, shutting down and closing themselves off from the speaker because they are feeling overwhelmed or physiologically flooded.” So what does Dr. Erasmus suggest to bring the conversation back on course?

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