My “learning to negotiate” class ended today. What did I take away? Most importantly, a strategy for negotiating. Two very important things on my plate at the moment:
1. Meeting with boss over an impossible goal he’s holding me accountable for
2. Mentor says my strategy for participant selection won’t hunt in these woods
I used that phrase won’t hunt in these woods because we learned in negotiation class that it’s better to use a crunch rather than use the dreaded word NO or other negative words.
Today, that phrase (won’t hunt in these woods) was used and the respondent replied, “well, what woods can I hunt in?” That was amusing. I was in awe – most of the students have experience with negotiating with external suppliers. A few students were IT. Our clients are mostly internal so there’s less bloodshed. Those people who negotiate contracts as part of their jobs – they can think up some interesting schemes!
ANYWAY..I’m back to karate. Done with computer. Don’t fault me – I drove a jeep like 6 hours today through rain and rush hour traffic in Columbus, sat through an 8-hour class, visited my brother on the way home, and well, got un-positive news from my dissertation mentor. What a day! Practicing karate takes a lot of energy…it is good!
By the way, what does one do when her brother is killing himself? My instinct is to let him have what he wants.