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Collaboration and the Art of Negotiation—Part Two

By Lilya Wagner

Lilya WagnerLast month we met George and his dilemma at Global Works, where his colleagues were happily entrenched in a world of silos. “Turfism” frustrated him to no end, and worse yet, hampered his assignment and responsibility for fundraising. While trying to change the prevailing mentality, George had outlined some benefits for collaboration, along with some possible steps that an organization could take to accomplish that goal. That, however, was the easy part. He knew that if any change would take place, negotiation would play a significant role. So he began to research what negotiation really meant. Happily, he found just the right source in Forbes. He read:

If you’re in the middle of negotiations, “non-starter,” “take it or leave it” or “not at that price” shouldn’t be part of your vocabulary.

Most universities don’t offer Negotiation 101, and few parents teach their children the nuts and bolts. It’s a learned technique, and picking up the basics isn’t hard. Whether you’re a veteran sales rep for Pfizer or a Merrill Lynch trader, you can always sharpen your skills no matter extensive your experience.1

That seemed encouraging. He read on. The first piece of advice was to listen! How elementary, George thought. Then he wondered just how much he had listened to his colleagues for whom the silo-mentality was as comfortable and natural as breathing. He remembered his own advice–to understand why others might not want to collaborate. Perhaps he ought to ask fewer questions, complain less about “turfism,” and listen to not only what colleagues were saying but to listen and listen again, particularly paying attention to what was implied as much as what was said. OK, point number one noted mentally. Read more >>

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