How To Create a Strong Negotiation Culture Within Your Sales Team

It’s easy for management to blame salespeople when negotiations conclude with value left on the table.  But what they often fail to realize is that selling and negotiating are fundamentally different skill sets requiring fundamentally different behaviors.

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Want better E.I.? Start by understanding emotions

Much has been written about the power of emotional intelligence, including popular works by various experts such as Daniel Goleman, Chris Voss, Travis Bradberry, and others. Further, according to a 2013 study on the topic of emotional intelligence and sales, strong emotional intelligence is a trademark characteristic of high performers, especially those who can combine …

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Want better E.I.? Start by understanding emotions

Much has been written about the power of emotional intelligence, including popular works by various experts such as Daniel Goleman, Chris Voss, Travis Bradberry, and others. Further, according to a 2013 study on the topic of emotional intelligence and sales, strong emotional intelligence is a trademark characteristic of high performers, especially those who can combine …

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3 key lessons from Deepak Malhotra’s The Peacemaker’s Code

It’s not every day a Harvard business professor and one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation decides to write a fiction thriller.  So once I learned Deepak Malhotra was releasing just such a book I was eager to see the final result. Would it be insightful? Would it be entertaining? Was it possible to …

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Adam Grant and the art of persuasive listening

In his recent book “Think Again ” Adam Grant examines powerful ways to influence with others, especially those who are convinced their way is best. In explaining how we can foster greater interpersonal rethinking, Grant describes how doctors and counselors often use a technique called motivational interviewing to spark impressive rates of attitude and behavior …

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How to resolve a difficult negotiation or harmful conflict

In my last post, I described two of our social tendencies that have the ability to create and escalate harmful conflict.  Below are four powerful strategies we can use when conflict escalates to the point of peril and instead change course towards a mutually beneficial outcome. Offer a reasonable concession As counter-intuitive as it may …

3 things we can learn from the 2 trillion dollar stimulus negotiation

Late last week, the U.S. government successfully negotiated a historic stimulus plan while under great pressure to help mitigate the economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. A noteworthy outcome for many reasons, it was especially so when considering the dynamic and fast-moving conditions in which two highly adversarial parties had to come together and …

Saving Face on the Negotiate Anything Podcast!

I’m excited to kickoff the New Year by sharing my recent conversation with Kwame Christian on the Negotiate Anything Podcast. I am a huge fan of Kwame’s work and could not be more honored to have been invited on his show to talk about the concept of saving face. I highly recommend subscribing to his …

Dalio and Kissinger on playing the Infinite Game

Earlier this week, Ray Dalio, author the brilliant book Principles, posted on his social media a speech that he gave at an event for the Committee on US-China relations. He also shared another short speech from the event by Henry Kissinger, who famously opened our relations to China in the early 1970s. In addition to …

Before The Duel – What We Can Learn About Conflict Resolution From The Negotiation Between Hamilton and Burr

Before there was the duel, there was the negotiation. And it is hard to find a better example of what not to do when trying to save face and resolve conflict than can be seen in the letters between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

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