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Advice for Negotiators at Thanksgiving

Advice for Negotiators at Thanksgiving

Four years ago, I wrote a Negotiators Guide to Thanksgiving Conversations and eight years ago I wrote a column thanking negotiators for exhibiting certain effective traits that make all our negotiations better. Here are three more effective negotiator traits to be...
Negotiating With College Kids

Negotiating With College Kids

My son starts college at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois next week. Time flies! As the son of an author, he recently bought a book for my wife and me entitled “The Naked Roommate [For Parents Only]: A Parent’s Guide to the New College Experience.” I...
Personal Relationships Over Leverage (Part 3)

Personal Relationships Over Leverage (Part 3)

I know the best way to maximize the financial value of my family business is to hire an investment banker and auction it off to the highest bidder. That’s all about leverage, right? And I need to achieve enough financial security to continue our current lifestyle...
Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

Here’s my annual list of lessons learned and a reminder to put these strategies into practice in 2023. You won’t get better results if you don’t implement them. Each also has a link to my column with more detail. Negotiating with the elderly requires specialized...
Dad’s Negotiation Lessons

Dad’s Negotiation Lessons

My Dad recently passed away at 91. He taught me a ton about life and negotiation. Here are my five biggest negotiation takeaways from his over 60 years of negotiating as a lawyer, political and community activist, and father. 1. Set Aggressive Goals and Go For It!...
4 Powerful Strategies in Negotiating with the Elderly

4 Powerful Strategies in Negotiating with the Elderly

My Dad is 91 years old and my Mom is 84. Both are in generally good health, and the years have been pretty kind to them. But their mental and physical conditions have inevitably changed. One significant change – especially as we become more elderly and/or infirm...