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Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond Paperback – August 26, 2008
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“Few skills in life are as valuable as negotiating—and we can all become better at it. Professors Malhotra and Bazerman show us how, combining insightful analysis with clear, practical, and ingenious recommendations.”—William Ury, coauthor of Getting to Yes and author of The Power of a Positive No
“Shortly after I sat down with Negotiation Genius, I reached for pen and pad and began to make notes. Thirty-five years in the space with hundreds of major negotiations, and this work still has something to teach me. It’s the rare book that I would recommend to people at any experience level. With its engaging blend of real-world stories, intelligent tools, and emphasis on ethics and integrity, it is must reading for all who wish to excel.” —Brian McGrath, Global Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies
“Malhotra and Bazerman are offering a heck of a deal: for a handful of dollars, you can buy a book that invites you into a classroom conversation at the Harvard Business School—an experience that would normally cost fistfuls. This is a classic win-win bargain. No wonder they write so well about ‘negotiation genius.’”—David Gergen, former U.S. presidential adviser; Director, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government
“Invaluable. Whether in business, politics, or the nonprofit sector, leaders must rely on the power to persuade, and Malhotra and Bazerman unlock the secrets of how to do so strategically, ethically, and successfully.”—Bill Shore, Founder and Executive Director, Share Our Strength
“Whether your passion is sports, politics, or business, negotiations are an integral part of your world. Negotiation Genius offers an insightful and entertaining perspective on the negotiation process, plus—even more important–highly effective and relevant advice for conducting negotiations day-to-day."—Andy Wasynczuk, former Chief Operating Officer, three-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots
“For both the novice and the master, Negotiation Genius is the single, most essential source for the basic understanding of this increasingly important skill set.” —Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management, University of Southern California; coauthor of Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls
“If you'll spend 26 bucks and a night or two of reading time, [Malhotra and Bazerman] show you how to dramatically upgrade your negotiating skills. Packed with case studies, their book shows how to spot opportunities, discover hidden information, identify leverage and successfully confront an adversary's dirty tricks."—Newsweek
About the Author
Max H. Bazerman is the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the author of Negotiating Rationally and Judgment in Managerial Decision Making.
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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 that this book is consistent with the established literature while also providing new insight.
Three things I found especially helpful were in Part III, "Negotiating in the Real World." There were:
Chapter 9: Confronting Lies and Deceptions. Many of the strategies espoused in negotiation books, seminars, and courses work well if the other party is negotiating in good faith and trying to work with you. But even small, unintended deceptions (they believe it, even if it isn't true) can easily undermine otherwise brilliant strategies. A good negotiator doesn't use any particular strategy in isolation. A negotiation genius goes a step further, by using strategies specifically targeted at uncovering lies and deceptions, then using other strategies to overcome them with the best outcome in mind.Read more ›
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 trying to bargain around their own position rather than looking at the reasons "why?" the other party wants what they want.
Simple, but effective. Like so many good books of its type, it's a shame that the people who really need to apply the principles outlined by Malhotra and Bazerman in "Negotiation Genius" (e.g. our politicians, international trade negotiators and the like) will not be reading and applying their investigative approach. Never mind, you and I will become all the better for applying our investigative skills to our future negotiations.
Bob Selden, author of What To Do When You Become The Boss: How new managers become successful managers
Reading the book felt much like being a part of an MBA curriculum without the classroom. The case studies and examples are robust and easy to relate to. Each lesson (chapter) builds on the previous and the entire syllabus contains enough substantial material to warrant a second and third read.
I commend the authors on an excellent book and endorse it without reservation.
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good reference book for those that need this sort of thing, (everyone)Published 1 month ago by Mark A
This book is extremely useful, I find myself coming back to this book time and again for tips and tricks.Published 1 month ago by Jane Ni
Wonderful book. It taught me how to be a better negotiator while being an interesting read. I went from being very shy and timid in the world of negotiation to being much more... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aubrey