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Victoria Pynchon

As the co-founder of She Negotiates Consulting and Training, I offer my services as a keynote speaker, trainer and consultant....

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The 33 cent wage and income gap is unacceptable and unnecessary. So is the cliché glass ceiling. Bottom line, our...

Your Negotiation Partner is Not Your Adversary

Thanks to Diane Levin at the Mediation Channel for pointing me to a recent post by Ken Adams about the adversarial versus the "meeting of the minds" approach to contract drafting.  Thanks to both!

Contracts as a Relationship-Building Tool

That’s a long way from my let’s-have-a-meeting-of-the-minds approach. But I’m so buried in detail that I find it useful to be reminded periodically that contracts serve a broader function than mitigating your risk or handcuffing the other guy. I received just such a reminder in the form of this blog post by Douglas R. Griess of the Denver law firm Dymond Reagor Colville.

Some people regard the contract process as an adversarial one. I encountered a great example of that recently: someone I’ve been corresponding with used the word “opponent” in referring to a lawyer representing the other side in a deal. When the other side is the enemy, you’re free to indulge in “creative ambiguity” and other shenanigans.

Diane, who writes the best mediation blog in the country preceded my entry into the blogosphere by years.  She could have treated me like a competitor.  Instead, she taught me how to use html code (that's how long ago in blog years we "met"); hipped me to the folkways of the blogosphere; introduced me to her best professional contacts; and, all but baked me a hot apple pie.

If it works here on the internet - collaboration instead of competition - which is where the 21st century is heading mind you -- online -- it should work equally well in all of our professional and business dealings, particularly as we struggle with the one big failing economy that will rise when one of us rises and fall again when one of us falls.

Just sayin' . . . .

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Diane Levin - March 19, 2009 2:50 PM

Vickie, you are so wonderfully kind. Unfortunately there's no emoticon I can use to convey the fact that you have succeeded in making me blush.

Your own generosity and collegiality in the blogosphere is legendary. It's the people, particularly the other bloggers you meet, that make blogging worthwhile of course - if you're not going to put the "social" in social media, why bother?

By the way, you repaid me a thousandfold by introducing me to Twitter and making me welcome there, as you do so many others. I salute you, Vickie. Thanks, friend.

Vickie - March 19, 2009 3:00 PM

I'm gonna start roasting marshmallows any minute to keep myself from descending (ascending?) into sentimental foolishness about how the blogosphere has blessed my life. 'nuf said.

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