Wachovia, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup – Now You’re Negotiating With The Big Boys

The financial world sure seems to be intent on driving itself off of a cliff; however, that is no reason that negotiations should not stop. As long as companies are talking, there is learning for us to be doing. This time around the negotiations center on just who gets to buy what remains of the … Read moreWachovia, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup – Now You’re Negotiating With The Big Boys

3 Negotiation Tips From The Master: Donald Trump

I believe that by now we all probably have somewhat of a love / hate relationship with Donald Trump (“The Donald” if you like). No matter how you feel about the guy, you have to give him credit – he’s done quite well for himself. What’s interesting is that as caught up in himself as … Read more3 Negotiation Tips From The Master: Donald Trump

Whatever Happened To That Boeing Negotiation?

We’ve talked before about the labor negotiatons and the strike that is happening at Boeing. Since we last talked, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has gone out on strike against Boeing. This has caused Boeing’s commercial airplane factories to be idled for over three weeks so far. Probably what’s even more important … Read moreWhatever Happened To That Boeing Negotiation?

Say Hello To The Bogey-Man – A Negotiator’s Best Friend

As a negotiator, the key to your long-term success is to have a number of different techniques that you can use when a situation calls for it. One way to think about this is like a carpenter who has a tool belt with his most commonly used tools on it. As the carpenter is working … Read moreSay Hello To The Bogey-Man – A Negotiator’s Best Friend

Both Win: How To Negotiate A Better Deal For Both Parties

The phrase “win-win” is looking pretty ragged along about now. How about if we talk about the much more meaningful “both win” strategy for negotiating? The key to creating a successful both-win negotiation is to remember that at its heart, negotiation is all about sharing value between both parties. If it was as simple as … Read moreBoth Win: How To Negotiate A Better Deal For Both Parties

Do You Want To Play A Game? EA & Take-Two’s Negotiating Failure

At this blog, we firmly believe that the best negotiating learning comes from observing the real world – not from just reading yet-another-book-on-negotiating. Thankfully, there continue to be a number of fantastic stories in the news that provide key lessons on how companies negotiate with each other and, all too often, what goes wrong… Set … Read moreDo You Want To Play A Game? EA & Take-Two’s Negotiating Failure

How To Make “Total Cost” Work For You When Negotiating A Sale

I suspect that I’m just about every car salesperson’s nightmare. I’m the guy who decides what model car he wants by either personal experience (“I want another one just like that one”) or by reading every car review that I can get my hands on. I then go ahead and spend countless hours online and … Read moreHow To Make “Total Cost” Work For You When Negotiating A Sale

No Ha, Ha At Tata – Negotiation Over Land & A Car Plant

Negotiation is a skill that is used everyday, all around the world. There’s a great example of just how careful one must be when negotiating – remember, as Yogi Berra said “It’s not over until it’s over”. Tata Motors thought that they had successfully negotiated a deal until it started to come undone. Let’s take … Read moreNo Ha, Ha At Tata – Negotiation Over Land & A Car Plant

Welcome & What’s This Blog All About?

Thanks for dropping by! This blog has one simple purpose: to provide the basic info that most of us need in order to make our lives better. Sorry, there won’t be any info on stock picking, weight loss, or where to buy the lowest cost gasoline. Instead we’re going to be talking about something just … Read moreWelcome & What’s This Blog All About?