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Tagged View from the FishBowl - Negotiation Series
2850_dae4b06c5c_small September 14, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha My final blog on negotiation includes several points that I wanted to make when thinking about how I appraoch negotiations and various lessons I have learned that helped me in my career. These points have to do with how to approach the negotiation table and how to manage yourself during the … read more

2677_8f69a39e70_small August 10, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha It takes two to tango…and negotiate. Therefore, there are typically two sides any negotiation and if you are able to figure out both sides, you will be successful more often. Simple case; take a used automobile. Unlike a new car that has a sticker price, the used car is priced subject to a variety of different things. Miles, year, options, history, location … these all play a part. The seller has a price they are asking (and a price they will take). The buyer has … read more

2638_d13bab6637_small August 3, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha Can you imagine how the politicians could have negotiated on the appropriate "best thing" for the people if it didn’t get emotional? I know … I know … politics without emotion is some sort of an paradox. However, wouldn’t it be exceptional if this were the case? Just saying … My experience in the business world says that you aren't rational once you let it get personal. You don't think straight; you aren't able to … read more

2595_8f9cf9e4c5_small July 27, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha Per our friends at Webster, definition of cardinal… cardinal – adjective, of basic importance : main, chief, primary a cardinal principle In negotiating, I think one of the cardinal rules is to never bid against yourself. This may seem obvious but it is amazing how many times I see this play out where one side or the other violates it. It is as easy as it sounds; don't bid against yourself. However … read more

2579_f930fcdd1d_small July 20, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha There is probably a more official name for this but I never could quite figure out what it should be called. However, for decision makers and negotiators, I think … read more

2518_862d2d7fab_small July 13, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha I am often asked by entrepreneurs what skill set I feel is most important in the business world. The obvious ones like leadership, decision making and the art of delegation are all keys. However, I think that understanding the skills involved in negotiating can be quantified and acquired easier than some of the others and may be the key to most everything you do in the business world. I don’t claim … read more

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