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  • When we think about negotiations, we think about being tough.

  • We charge in like it's a battle, brandishing our influence and our power moves.

  • But a negotiation doesn't have to be a fight with winners and losers.

  • Think of it more like a dance, two or more people moving fluidly in sync.

  • We constantly negotiate at work.

  • We negotiate for higher pay, promotions, vacations and even greater autonomy.

  • In fact, every day we negotiate just to get our job done and to secure resources for ourselves and our teams.

  • And yet when we go in with the wrong mindset, with a fist up ready to fight, we aren't as successful.

  • You know why? Because negotiation is not about dominating.

  • It's about crafting a relationship.

  • And relationships thrive when we find ways to give and to take and move together in unison.

  • And to do that, you have to be well-prepared.

  • First, do your research.

  • Figure out whether what you're asking for is realistic.

  • What is your aspiration?

  • What do you want, and what will make you walk away from the table?

  • This might seem obvious, but too many people don't think it through.

  • Let's say you're negotiating for a salary in a new job.

  • Some people, they determine they ask based on their past salary.

  • That isn't a good yardstick.

  • You may end up asking for too much or too little.

  • Instead, find out the range of what is possible.

  • Look at industrial reports, websites.

  • Talk to people in your professional network to find out the lowest, average and the highest salary for a similar role, and then make your ask closer to that upper limit.

  • Build a solid rationale for why you are above average and thus deserving of that ask.

  • Let's say you're negotiating for something less black and white, like the ability to work from home to care for an aging parent.

  • You need to study your company's policies on remote work.

  • Ask yourself when and why were these policies developed in the first place?

  • Talk to trusted mentors to understand how working from home might affect issues that aren't on your radar.

  • And think about how changing to working from home might actually affect others in your team.

  • In fact, make a table, summarizing the parts of your job that can be done remotely, and the parts that require face-to-face interaction.

  • This may sound like a lot to do, but when the person you're negotiating with sees that you've done all this homework, you're more likely to get that "yes."

  • It also helps you avoid being lied to while building the person's respect.

  • Second, prepare mentally for the negotiation.

  • Asking for things can get emotional.

  • There are real and complex feelings at play: fear, anxiety, anger, even hurt.

  • It's essential to have strategies in place to manage those feelings.

  • One strategy is to adopt a mindset of defensive pessimism.

  • That just means that you accept obstacles and failures are likely in a negotiation.

  • So it's better to put your energy in imagining the ways to overcome those obstacles.

  • That way, you're ready to respond when you face it.

  • Another strategy is emotional distancing.

  • That is the idea of being less attached to any specific outcome.

  • I know it's easier said than done.

  • We all feel emotions like anger and hurt when our core identities are being threatened.

  • When your manager may be challenging a truth that you hold dear about yourself, like you're a hard worker and you deserve this, try and avoid thinking of negotiations as the ultimate test of your worth.

  • Go in knowing that your request might be met, that it might be denied, and that none of this is a measure of your worth.

  • Also know that if you feel yourself getting upset, hurt during a negotiation, it's ok to step back.

  • You can leave the dance floor and move up to the balcony.

  • Just say, "Let me think about this a little more."

  • "Could we press pause and continue this tomorrow?"

  • The third and the final way you can prepare for negotiations is by putting yourself in the other person's shoes.

  • Taking the time to anticipate the other's needs and challenges.

  • What pressures may they be under?

  • What risks would they be taking?

  • Do they even have the power to give you what you're asking for?

  • What ripple effects might a "yes" mean?

  • When you make that request, look to balance assertiveness about your own needs with a concern for the other.

  • As you lay out your case, use phrases like, "I'm asking for this because I know it's good for my team."

  • "That I want to achieve X and Y goals, and I know this is what will enable it.”

  • Arguments like that show that you are ambitious, you know what you want, but you also care for others.

  • So many of our negotiation missteps, they don't actually come from disagreements, but misunderstanding the other person.

  • So it's important to listen well, to ask "why" and "why not?"

  • And you will surely find unexpected opportunities for win-win solutions.

When we think about negotiations, we think about being tough.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2022/10/06
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