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What is the Importance of Negotiation?

The importance of negotiation can’t be overstated. Negotiation holds the key to getting ahead in the workplace, resolving conflicts, and creating value in contracts. 

When disputes arise in business and personal relationships, it’s easy to avoid conflict in an effort to save the relationship. Nonetheless, it is possible to turn tense disputes into productive negotiations and maintain strong relationships. The importance of negotiation skills in these instances is paramount. 

It’s not just dispute resolution that highlights the importance of negotiation, however. The right approach to negotiation can improve the situation of multiple parties. One example comes from the cast of the television show, Friends. 

At first glance actors Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston and the rest of the star-studded cast might not be your first pick to peg as formidable negotiators, but at the height of program’s popularity they banded together to pull off an unprecedented salary negotiation

Cast member David Schwimmer originally took a hard look at his odds of success going into negotiations alone. Then he decided not to. The actors were uniquely close and accustomed to working together under high pressure. Each one had different leadership styles that would be useful in a negotiation. If they negotiated individually, studio executives could pit them against each other.

Instead, Schwimmer correctly assessed that a strong team comprised of the entire cast would be better for everyone in the long term. And in fact, they walked away with $1 million each per episode for the final two seasons, which aired from 2002-2004.

In this free special report – Negotiate Strong Relationships at Work and at Home – negotiation experts from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School offer advice on understanding how relationships can help you negotiate even the most difficult conversations. Throughout the report, you will discover how to build rapport, manage conflict in long-term relationships, and negotiate business decisions with colleagues or family members

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Setting Standards in Negotiations

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As the starting point from which all commercial transactions occur, from purchasing equipment to setting salaries, negotiatiosn in business is an essential skill no matter what field a negotiator finds herself. Using an objective standard can strengthen your proposal and eliminate emotional bias. … Read More 

Business Crisis Management: Crisis Communication Examples and How to Use Police Negotiation Techniques

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In this free special report negotiation experts offers advice on how to turn crisis situations into collaborative negotiations. Throughout the report, you will discover how to apply the lessons of professional hostage negotiators, avoid disasters through careful planning, diffuse tensions with angry members of the public, and break through impasse with open communication. … Read More 

The New Conflict Management: Effective Conflict Resolution Strategies to Avoid Litigation

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This report reveals how wise negotiators extract unexpected value using an indirect approach to conflict management. An aggressive management style can set you up for repeated failure. Direct conflict management approaches can be overly combative and counter-productive. Experienced negotiators know that compromise seldom succeeds. Win/lose is really lose/lose. The best negotiation strategy results in … Read More 

Negotiate Strong Relationships at Work and at Home

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The experts and editors from Harvard’s Program on Negotiation offer a sampling of advice from past issues of Negotiation to help you learn to foster relationships by building rapport, manage conflict in long-term relationships and negotiate business decisions with family members. … Read More 

Top Ten Posts About Conflict Resolution

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Conflict resolution is the process of resolving a dispute or a conflict by meeting at least some of each side’s needs and addressing their interests. Conflict resolution sometimes requires both a power-based and an interest-based approach, such as the simultaneous pursuit of litigation (the use of legal power) and negotiation (attempts to reconcile each party’s … Read More 

Training Women to Be Leaders: Negotiating Skills for Success

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In this Special Report, we offer advice selected from the Negotiation newsletter to help women develop the negotiation skills essential to career advancement, and to help organizations encourage women employees to be more effective at the bargaining table. You will learn what hold women back from asking for more, the link between gender and flexible … Read More 

The Importance of Negotiation in Business and Your Career

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What are the essential ingredients to getting ahead in the workplace? Hard work, communication skills, and a generous dose of luck all play a role, of course. Another key ingredient—one that is often overlooked—is the ability to recognize and capitalize on opportunities to negotiate for your career success. Why is negotiation in business important? Because … Read More 

Contract Negotiations and Business Communication: How to Write an Iron-Clad Contract

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In contract negotiations, writing a contract that both encapsulates the negotiated agreement but also incorporates future elements such as the business relationship and the sustainability of the agreement can be a daunting task for even the most experienced negotiators. Executives often leave the legal issues surrounding their deals to their attorneys. While this division of … Read More 

The Process of Business Negotiation

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Negotiators are more satisfied with the outcome of a negotiation when they think the process has been fair, research shows. To maximize satisfaction and build a strong working relationship, don’t leave the process of business negotiation up to chance. Given the importance of negotiation in business communication, you’d be wise to consider the following seven … Read More 

Jeswald Salacuse Article Published in International Negotiation Journal

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Jeswald Salacuse’s article Teaching International Business Negotiation: Reflections on Three Decades of Experience was published in International Negotiation, Volume 15, Number 2. The full article can be purchased here. Abstract: The author has taught international business negotiation in a wide variety of university courses and executive training programs throughout the world during the last three decades. He … Read More