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In Tough Economic Times, Negotiate For Best Outcomes

“It’s tough out there, and it’s getting tougher. This economic slump is really affecting our business. We need to be especially focused on our bottom line in our negotiations with vendors, customers and everyone else. So how should we negotiate differently in this...

Financial Crisis Offers Lessons On Negotiation

The recent financial crisis and the negotiations involving Wall Street, the Bush administration, the Federal Reserve and Congress have highlighted a number of critical negotiation lessons. Here are three: Recognize the power of precedent. Bear Stearns’ demise...

Tough Times Require Negotiation Strategy

While effective negotiation strategies almost always directly impact companies’ bottom lines, they often take on even greater importance during tough economic times. What negotiation strategies can be most effectively used in a challenging economy? • Reassess...

Strategy May Help Close Deals

“When will they get back with me?” he asked. “I sent my proposal three weeks ago and haven’t heard anything. (My counterpart) told me everyone was on board with the idea and they were anxious to start. Now nothing.” “What should I...

“Little Guy” Can Make Deals in Tough Times

I’m told one of the world’s largest retailers used to invite potential suppliers to its headquarters and sit them in adjacent conference rooms. Potential supplier A would go in conference room A, potential supplier B in room B, etc. The retailer would first ask...

Negotiation Tips from the Holidays

I made several significant purchases during the holidays (including a car) and these negotiations highlighted four lessons that apply in almost all negotiations. • You have to ask. It’s a basic point, but one that many just don’t do. In most negotiation...

Traveling? Negotiation helps to get you there

Last week I had two canceled flights, a car service that didn’t show up, a cab driver who didn’t know where he was going, a missed flight connection that forced me to stay overnight in Philadelphia, and a train that hit a tree and got stuck. Despite this,...

Clear focus is one lesson in health care battle

A fascinating set of negotiations just concluded that will affect almost 1/6th of our economy and almost all our lives. So what can we learn from them? Maintain a laserlike focus on your goal These negotiations began in early 2009 and concluded over a year later...

Some pearls of wisdom from pro negotiators

I recently led a seminar with a panel of expert negotiators, and each shared a particularly effective strategy they had used in their careers. Here are their pearls. • Creatively explore the parties’ interests. Judge John Buttrick of the Maricopa County Superior...