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Getting to We FAQ’s

Getting to We FAQ’s

Q: Getting to We is a book about negotiating, but you say it is more than a traditional negotiation book. How is it different? A: Hundreds of books have been written on negotiation strategies and tactics such as Getting to Yes, Getting Past No, Getting More and even...

Is Your Team Haggling or Negotiating?

According to the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), buyers are 57% through their buying process (gathering information and determining specifications and requirements) before reaching out to suppliers. The remaining 43% of the buyers’ time is devoted to the RFP process,...
How are you cutting costs?

How are you cutting costs?

The “cheap and cheerful” cost cutting train has left the station and it is not coming back anytime soon. I firmly believe that companies and organizations that think an outsource provider can provide easy cost cutting measures are standing at the wrong train platform....
Do you really want innovation?

Do you really want innovation?

Innovation transforms something, whether a process or a machine. It is more than an incremental improvement—saving “fingers and toes” worth of time, effort or money. Many companies, if not all, claim that they want their supplier pool to bring them innovative ideas....

Are You Playing Not to Lose?

I lost big playing a negotiation game at the University of Tennessee. My team was caught off guard by our opponents’ tactics. Our opponents were “playing not to lose.” HUH? I play to win. I thought everyone played to win. The other team were wolves in sheep’s...
Fastest Way to Erode Deal Value

Fastest Way to Erode Deal Value

A stunning 45% of the time neither suppliers nor their customers realized the anticipated value from the relationship. This according to an IACCM study. Wow. That is almost like flipping a coin! What was wrong? One reason, the parties focused solely on price, thereby...