Monthly Archives:: November 2011

Professor Susskind talks negotiation obstacles

Posted by & filed under Business Negotiations.

Q&A with Professor Susskind, MIT’s Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, and Vice Chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Q: You’ve taught for years about overcoming organizational obstacles. What are the most common roadblocks to effective negotiations?

Typically, obstacles occur at all four stages of the negotiation process. First is the preparation

Avoid conflict and broken trust

Posted by & filed under Conflict Resolution.

While negotiations are inherently risky, there are proven ways to reduce risk and improve your odds of success. To do so, you must focus on the very basis of your relationship with the other party: trust.

Think about a time when you lost trust in a fellow negotiator. Did you try to renegotiate the terms of

Negotiation as the Art of Interaction

Posted by & filed under Events, Negotiation Skills, Student Events.

“Negotiation as the Art of Interaction”
A workshop with
Professor Alisher Faizullaev
Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Tufts University

When: Friday, December 9
Time: 12:00 — 1:30 p.m.
Where: Pound Hall, Room 334, Harvard Law School Campus
Please bring your lunch. Drinks and desserts provided.

No negotiation happens without interaction between negotiators, but there are many concepts, ways and forms of organizing and executing interaction.

Dr. William Ury and Dr. Gary Slutkin speak at the PON screening of The Interrupters

Posted by & filed under Events, Negotiation Skills.

The Program on Negotiation Film Series recently screened The Interrupters, a documentary film that follows three “violence interrupters” as they work to prevent violence in Chicago’s neighborhoods. The interrupters are outreach workers who were once notorious for their past gang-related experience, but who now work for an organization called CeaseFire, an initiative of the Chicago

How comparisons affect satisfaction

Posted by & filed under Negotiation Skills.

Social comparisons are a critical factor in guiding negotiator satisfaction, Maurice E. Schweitzer of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale psychologist Nathan Novemsky have found in their research. Not only do negotiators compare their profit from a deal with the profit they imagine their counterpart earned, but they also compare their profit with the profits

Making threats strategically

Posted by & filed under Negotiation Skills.

In negotiation, the time, energy, and resources that you devote to reaching agreement can suggest that you’re desperate for a deal—any deal. The greater your investment in the negotiation, the less credible the threat of walking away becomes.

In such instances, one way to make this threat more credible is to find someone else to take

“Let’s All Feel Superior,” Max H. Bazerman quoted in The New York Times

Posted by & filed under Daily, News.

Max H. Bazerman (Program on Negotiation Executive Committee member and professor at the Harvard Business School) recently was quoted in an op-ed in The New York Times entitled, “Let’s All Feel Superior.”

In this piece, columnist David Brooks explains how some people have difficulty processing horrific events.  Our natural tendencies to self-deceive come into play and

Are you taking too much credit?

Posted by & filed under Business Negotiations.

Many years ago, researchers Michael Ross and Fiore Sicoly of the University of Waterloo asked husbands and wives to estimate the percentage of the household work they did. On average, the total amount of work claimed by each couple far exceeded 100%. The husbands and wives felt they were contributing more than was actually the

Address your negotiation jitters

Posted by & filed under Negotiation Skills.

The prospect of negotiating often sparks anxiety, especially if substantive or emotional stakes are high. The mere thought of failing can be self-fulfilling. In sports, it’s called choking. While negotiators don’t have to worry about fans’ reaction to dropping the ball in a packed stadium, critical voices can come from within. The negotiation process is

PON Film Series presents “The Interrupters”

Posted by & filed under Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Nonviolent Action, PON Film Series, Student Events.

The PON Film Series presents
“The Interrupters”
followed by a post-screening discussion with
William Ury, co-author of Getting to YES &
Gary Slutkin, Executive Director of Chicago’s Ceasefire
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School Campus
The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago

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