Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond
From two leaders in executive education at Harvard Business School, here are the mental habits and proven strategies you need to achieve outstanding results in any negotiation.
Whether you’ve “seen it all” or are just starting out, Negotiation Genius will dramatically improve your negotiating skills and confidence. Drawing on decades of behavioral research plus the experience of thousands of business clients, the authors take the mystery out of preparing for and executing negotiations—whether they involve multimillion-dollar deals or improving your next salary offer.
What sets negotiation geniuses apart? They are the men and women who know how to:
•Identify negotiation opportunities where others see no room for discussion
•Discover the truth even when the other side wants to conceal it
•Negotiate successfully from a position of weakness
•Defuse threats, ultimatums, lies, and other hardball tactics
•Overcome resistance and “sell” proposals using proven influence tactics
•Negotiate ethically and create trusting relationships—along with great deals
•Recognize when the best move is to walk away
•And much, much more
This book gets “down and dirty.” It gives you detailed strategies—including talking points—that work in the real world even when the other side is hostile, unethical, or more powerful. When you finish it, you will already have an action plan for your next negotiation. You will know what to do and why. You will also begin building your own reputation as a negotiation genius.
From the Hardcover edition.
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By M. L Lamendola - September 28, 2007
Good negotiators are methodical, so it's not surprising that this book takes a methodical approach. For example, it's laid out in three parts that are naturally sequential. Each part consists of chapters in progressive order. This structure helps the reader absorb the material rapidly. Not everyone is comfortable with a methodical approach or a structured way of thinking. But unstructured thinking and haphazard approaches put a very low ceiling on performance in negotiation and in many other disciplines. The book itself exudes the methodical approach and structured thinking that are key to good negotiating. The authors obviously take their own medicine.
You may have read a new book in which the author claims to have the insight everyone else is missing and then contradicts what came before. Diet books are notorious for that. Fortunately, Negotiation Genius builds on the existing body of knowledge. Having read other books on the topic of negotiation, I was pleased to find... read more
Well worth reading
By Robert Selden "Bob Selden, What To Do When Yo... - December 2, 2007
"Negotiation Genius" is another book on the subject in a long line of similar books. It is not surprising that the authors, Malhotra and Bazerman are both professors at Harvard Business School, genesis of the most famous book ever on the subject "Getting to Yes" by Roger Fisher, Bruce M. Patton, and William L. Ury
Like "Getting to Yes", this book is simplicity itself. Full of case studies that explain and demonstrate "how to" it provides the reader with five clear principles to apply in any negotiation. The authors use a nice analogy of the crime detective to emphasise their main point - that the best and often the only way to get what you want from a negotiation is to approach the negotiation from an investigative viewpoint rather than assuming you know what the motivation is behind the other party's wants. They argue that most negotiators assume they understand the other party's motivations and therefore don't explore them further. And so, they often get stuck in... read more
You have to buy this book !!
By Jill Simpson - November 25, 2007
I had the good fortune to have the writers as lecturers at a recent short course at Harvard. This book was as good as their classes. One of the most readable non-fiction books I have come across in a long time. The subject is dry but the book relates the learnings to real life negotiations that most of us are already aware of. Its witty (yes really !) and I have found it of tremendous use. AlthoughI would recommend reading from cover to cover you can skip to the chapter about negotiating with crazies (which I did out of desperation) if you need to.
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