Just about anything that we do requires planning on our part. We need to take the time to understand what we want to accomplish, how we are going to go about doing it, and what kinds of resources we are going to need in order to get it done. It turns out that a negotiation […]
Blue Elephant Consulting is pleased to be able to announce the publication of the first of their books on negotiating skills in the new “The Accidental Negotiator” product line. It turns out that most negotiations are over even before they begin. The team that has spent the most time planning for the negotiation, doing their […]
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.
In the classic movie, The Godfather, Marlin Brando utters the unforgettable phrase “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Clearly Brando’s character Don Corleone is operating from a position of negotiating power as the head of an organized crime family. However, is there anything in this phrase that us mere mortals can use?
All too often Americans (like me) think that we know everything. The reality is that our society has only been around for a bit over 200 years and we’re just getting started. That’s why it can be valuable for a sales negotiator to take a look at how societies that have been around for 1,000’s […]
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 […]