Maybe even more than taking advice on what we should do, as negotiators, we need to be aware of what we should not do. This post provides you with 5 “don’ts” that are pretty straightforward. Staying away from these is a necessity to remain a credible and successful negotiator.
This is a case study of a multicultural negotiation for a privately developed concession to build and operate a hydro-power plant during 30 years. The discussions came to a win-win subject: the specific advantages for each of the stakeholders brought by early generation. This created a positive atmosphere during the negotiations based on trust, respect, transparency and pro-activity. This atmosphere was also beneficial to resolve other subjects that were not themselves win-win situations.
You have read books, articles, blogs on contract negotiation. Or, even better, you did a real training programme. All have praised the importance of win-win negotiations. There you find yourself in your next tough negotiation. All the discussions are on limits of liability, caps for liquidated damages, rights to terminate the contract etc. Subjects where a bit more protection for one party automatically means a bit less for the other party. You hesitate. Are those articles or training courses not realistic, not worth your time & money?
No doubt, we would all want to hear that, after a long day of negotiations, the best is to go out, eat some delicious food and have some beers in a bar because you deserved it. Negotiation is a challenge that can be compared to professional sports. It requires anticipation, recuperation, communication and these things take a bit of your precious time. This article provides 6 essential things to do after the formal meetings.