Negotiation Skills

Negotiation is the process of discussion between two or more disputants, who seek to find a solution to a common problem, one that meets their needs and interests acceptably. Learning to be a skilled negotiator can help you make deals, solve problems, manage conflict, and preserve relationships. Negotiation strategies, techniques and tips can be found in our Negotiation Newsletter and skills are taught in our Executive Education programs and graduate programs.

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Negotiation Skills: View Your Counterpart as an Agent

PON Staff   •  01/26/2015   •  Filed in Negotiation Skills

Looking for yet another way to build your power at the negotiating table? Examine the incentives of your counterpart—and then consider whether they align with those of the group she represents. In most business negotiations, notes Harvard professor Guhan Subramanian, your counterpart is acting as her organization’s representative, or agent (just as you’re acting as … Read More 

Negotiating between friends

PON Staff   •    •  Filed in Negotiation Skills

Adapted from “Dealing with Friends,” first published in the Negotiation newsletter.
We all know people who have “alligator arms.” When the restaurant check comes, they can’t manage to reach their wallets, or they quibble that they had the small tomato juice, and you had the large.
With our close friends, of course, the opposite tends to occur, … Read More 

Negotiation Skills: Overcoming the Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY) Syndrome

PON Staff   •  01/17/2015   •  Filed in Negotiation Skills

Lawrence Susskind (Ford professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology; author of Built to Win; co-author of Breaking Robert’s Rules and Breaking the Impasse)

NIMBY opposition is counterproductive, costly and unnecessary. In this posting, the author explains a proven process for getting around it and settling disputes before they have a chance … Read More 

Top 10 Worst Negotiations of 2014

Katie Shonk   •  01/13/2015   •  Filed in Negotiation Skills

Sometimes negotiators care so much about the issues at stake that they mistake compromise for surrender. Sometimes they’re so confident things will go their way they don’t try hard enough. Our list of the 10 Worst Negotiations of 2014 includes talks that failed for one or both of these reasons, as well as for numerous … Read More 

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