Archive : Thoughts and Insights by Michael Gregory

Collaboration

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July 9th, 2018

This is when you should walk away from a negotiation

When is it time to walk away from a negotiation? In short, when a trusted third-party advisor counsels you that is time to let it go. When mediation is not an option. When you are focused on sunk costs to recover rather than pertinent information now. When your focus is on fairness rather than objective criteria. There are many reasons why negotiations fail and why collaboration may not work. After all collaboration is hard. If the other party does not want to collaborate that pretty well ends the reason for trying to go forward.

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July 2nd, 2018

This is What You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence in Our Future

It was my pleasure to attend the CTI NACVA conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and hear a wonderful key note by Tim Urban on AI and the future. I wanted to share some of what I took away from his comments that I thought you too would find of interest.

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June 25th, 2018

This is How to Shift Your Thinking for Better Collaboration

In general, when someone comes with a question the typical response is to respond with an answer or what we believe to be a solution. This sets up a supply process for answers, but is this what is really needed? If we want collaboration, because that increases team work, reduces resources, reduces toil, reduces stress and increases productivity and therefore profit, there are three things to consider.

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June 11th, 2018

When You Foster Creativity You Can Produce Fantastic Results

Fostering creativity at work can produce some pretty fantastic results. This article focuses on creativity and offers some creative ways to promote this process at work. Last month I had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Araela Kumaraea, an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota at the annual Conflict Resolution Minnesota Conference in St. Paul for mediators. She shared some ideas that we practiced in class. Upon reflection and a little research, I wanted to offer you some ideas too.

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June 4th, 2018

Wonderful ways to take on worry

We all have things we worry about.  Often we take our negative feelings and enhance them by makin

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May 21st, 2018

Small talk – Does it always pay big dividends at the IRS?

A great negotiation often has four parts related to building relationships, listening for underst

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May 14th, 2018

Awesome Advice for a Wonderful Negotiation with the IRS

Working with clients with issues at the IRS there are five steps to consider along the way. These are preparation, discussion, clarifying interests, negotiation, documentation of the agreement.  These five elements are addressed in terms of an IRS negotiation.  It is not always possible to have a wonderful negotiation, but these five steps can certainly increase the probability of success.

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May 7th, 2018

Dress for Success in a Collaboration

Two very real-world questions for you are: how should you dress for a negotiation, mediation, con

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April 30th, 2018

This is How Collaboration Can Help Grow Your Business

Over the last four weeks I have focused on why collaboration is important in the workplace, why collaboration is hard, why collaboration doesn’t always work, why collaboration is better than competition, and now I am tying things together with how collaboration can help grow your business.

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April 23rd, 2018

For the first time – why collaboration over competition?

Wait a minute. Isn’t competition good in the work place? Isn’t competition what makes America gre

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