Negotiation Insights

A resource of quick tips and analysis of highly effective, real life negotiation strategies.




Mindsets: It’s a choice!

When problems need to be solved, the mindset you hold towards those involved can be the difference between strengthening or weakening a relationship. In this issue of Negotiation Insights we highlight the importance of choosing a constructive mindset. On April 4th 2016 the Courier Mail reported that Neil Henry, the...

The power of language: A statement or a question?

When designing a communication strategy, you might like to carefully consider which will be more effective, using a statement to impart your views to others, or a question to draw others towards you. In this issue of Negotiation Insights we look at a notable example of each from history and...

Managing uncertainty: New freeway gets a red light

In negotiations you are often required to predict and manage future uncertainties. It shouldn't be a surprise, therefore, that without ways to manage uncertainty, those involved can fail to reach agreement, or find themselves quickly and unexpectedly renegotiating the original agreement. In this issue of Negotiation Insights we look at...

Influencing timelines: The brave new world of regulators

When rapid technological changes combine with entrepreneurship, and a generation that challenges conventions, regulators can find themselves under intense pressure to implement quick solutions to new situations. In this issue of Negotiation Insights we look at ways to influence and control the negotiation timeline. The ability to make informed decisions when...

Hostage negotiations: A frontline perspective

Imagine confronting a crisis negotiation the outcome of which may put lives at risk or save lives, particularly if you are included. Fortunately when it comes to law enforcement we live in a world where certain individuals have the skills and are prepared to take personal risks to save lives....

Creating strong alternatives: Flying fresh milk to China

Feeling trapped in a negotiation with a Goliath can quickly make the power balance seem uneven and lead to emotions of helplessness, frustration and anger, particularly when industry consolidation occurs and you are a small company suppling a commodity that lacks differentiation. In this issue of Negotiation Insights we look at...

Setting the scene: Automotive executives fly into a storm

Negotiations involving great uncertainty and the need to take immediate actions often result in vital scene setting considerations being neglected. In this issue of Negotiation Insights we look at the important role managing a negotiation’s atmospherics can have. When managed well you can get discretionary negotiation effort from the other party,...

Finding common ground: US Firearm reforms

Finding the common ground needed to build rapport and break an impasse is a challenge all negotiators confront, none more so than in the topical example of the ongoing firearm reform debate in the US. In this issue of Negotiation Insights we seek not to judge whose values and beliefs have...

Timing concessions: Bangladesh factory tragedy

Whether it involves negotiating a treaty, resolving a contract dispute with a supplier, or responding to a disaster, the conventional practice is to offer a conditional concession when a deadlock occurs. In this issue of Negotiation Insights we look at the circumstances that encourage the early granting of one-sided concessions....

Verifying trust: World soccer cup and gulf of Mexico oil spill

How would you negotiate with someone you don't trust? This is a conundrum many negotiators have to confront when they want to achieve mutual gains, whilst at the same time protecting their interests and exposure to future risks. To overcome these concerns skilled negotiators look for ways to verify trust...

Shaping mindsets: AVIS We try harder

The way in which a subject is framed and the prior conditioning that occurs can strongly influence whether someone has an open or predetermined mindset towards an interaction. For example, in a price-focused negotiation would you be more receptive to your counterpart saying “My last offer was only 5% short...

Cultural mindsets: SONY Walkman designed for harmony

Whether it involves managing a joint venture, getting alignment across all business regions, or finding a political solution to a conflict, the ability to communicate, problem solve and make decisions is impacted by our cultural beliefs and behaviours. In this issue of Negotiation Insights, we consider the importance of modifying...

Difficult conversations: Thalidomide sufferers seek empathy

The need to manage difficult conversations was acute for the Grünenthal Group, the company who manufactured the drug Thalidomide, which was prescribed to pregnant women in the 1950s and early 1960s to avoid the effects of morning sickness. Unfortunately the drug was found to be the cause of over 10,000 deformities...

Engaging the enemy: US and Taliban peace talks

On January 21 2012, “The Australian” newspaper reported that the Taliban had acknowledged that they were negotiating with the United States. So why negotiate with the enemy? Firstly, you come to the realisation that your current state might not be as attractive as other alternatives, and that the common ground you...

Creating points of influence: Russell Crowe gets his leading lady

In any negotiation, you have points of influence and using them is how Russell Crowe influenced Cate Blanchett to secure her as the leading lady for the $155 million dollar movie Robin Hood. Russell Crowe was sitting before a room full of Australia Post executives and enthusiasts, but sticky stamps were the...

Collaborating to create value: Power to the people

Too often people rely on positional power and short-term transactional behaviours to reach their outcomes. To create value and nurture cooperation, these need to be substituted with long term thinking with the relationships interests in mind, particularly when there are differing geographical locations, cultures, educations, ages and views on how...

Breaking deadlocks: AFL resolves stalemate

Negotiating with people who hold a firm position and create obstacles can be difficult, particularly when reaching agreement lacks a full appreciation of how future conditions can impact on the parties involved. In 1989 the Australian Football League (AFL) signed a contract with the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) and Melbourne...

Negotiation preparation: Prime Minster wins election

In his final parliamentary summary for 2010 the Australian Federal Opposition Leader, Mr Abbott, said, “I should acknowledge that the Prime Minster has been a ferocious competitor this year and I should congratulate her on her success. She may not have won the election handsomely but she certainly won the...

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In Focus: Negotiating Teams & Coalitions

In Focus: Managing Power Imbalances

In Focus: Measuring negotiation costs

Elon Musk: When to Negotiate

Managing COVID-19 Renegotiations

Problem Solving: Delivering outcomes

Taylor Swift: Giving others a voice

Gun tragedies: We hear you

In Focus: Negotiating with agents

Changing Perceptions: Shane Warne recalls advice

Problem Solving: Calm in the cockpit

Avoiding Buyer's Remorse: Knowing when to close

Defining Fairness: US German trade negotiations

In Focus: The authentic negotiator

Identity needs: Tobacco now a nobody

Restoring relationships: Saying sorry

Price haggling: Strategies to position value

Negotiation styles: Managing aggressive behaviours

Traits of skilled negotiators: Nelson Mandela

Leadership without authority: Reducing domestic violence

Mindsets: It’s a choice!

The power of language: A statement or a question?

Managing uncertainty: New freeway gets a red light

Influencing timelines: The brave new world of regulators

Hostage negotiations: A frontline perspective

Creating strong alternatives: Flying fresh milk to China

Setting the scene: Automotive executives fly into a storm

Finding common ground: US Firearm reforms

Timing concessions: Bangladesh factory tragedy

Verifying trust: World soccer cup and gulf of Mexico oil spill

Shaping mindsets: AVIS We try harder

Cultural mindsets: SONY Walkman designed for harmony

Difficult conversations: Thalidomide sufferers seek empathy

Engaging the enemy: US and Taliban peace talks

Creating points of influence: Russell Crowe gets his leading lady

Collaborating to create value: Power to the people

Breaking deadlocks: AFL resolves stalemate

Negotiation preparation: Prime Minster wins election