Negotiating with groups

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Negotiating with groups

coursedetailsWhat is team negotiation?

Negotiation is complex and requires a wide range of skills, knowledge, and expertise. There are many creative and integrative possibilities. A dialogue between two or more parties to reach a positive outcome on one or more issues. Negotiation is an interaction between entities that seek to reach a mutually beneficial agreement on matters of mutual concern while optimising their individual utility.

Although negotiation teams are commonly used to negotiate for organisations, little is known about their strategies to overcome team dynamics and create sound team bargaining strategies. Teams are more likely than not to be able implement management strategies that meet their challenges if they also engage in substantive discussions about negotiating team goals. However, teams are less likely that they will implement strategies that match their team’s challenges if there are personality conflicts. If not dealt with properly, personality conflict can hinder the development of effective team management strategies.

Negotiation is a team effort. You can draw on other perspectives and experience to help you reach a deal. This article will help you not only understand the importance and make your team the best possible.

Important to Negotiate Your Team

Conflict doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It is possible to resolve conflict and have a productive discussion that allows team members to better understand each other’s beliefs and goals. The team’s ability to reach a consensus that everyone is happy with improves their cohesion, and allows them to examine their motivations. A team can have faith in its ability to work together again after a successful negotiation.

Team Negotiation with Effective Tactics

Although it takes planning and careful consideration to build a negotiation team, the potential benefits could be worth it. While some negotiations can be handled on our own, others are more difficult. To be successful in negotiation you need to be able work well with a team.

Here are the facts.

  • Alignment of Strategy and Goal – Make sure that everyone in the team is aware of the goals and objectives.
  • Diagram the conflicts – Identifying and confronting divergent interests can help clarify goals, reveal personality conflicts, and eventually build unity of purpose. Managers often create a matrix that identifies the problems and priorities to address competing interests. They create a matrix of issues and prioritise each one.
  • Be positive. Many negotiators underestimate their own power because they don’t see the potential they possess. You have more power in most negotiation situations than you realise. If you want to make the negotiation a success, you must believe in the need of the other side. Ensure that you are positive during negotiations. When interacting with another party, be aware of your tone and non-verbal body language.
  • Rethink the Deal’s Scope: The vast majority (if not all) negotiators consider the basic scope of a deal a given. While they may be limited in their options, such as shorter-term or longer-term deals, most negotiators are able to see the fundamental scope of a deal and will use them to guide their strategies and get as close as possible to a desired outcome.
  • Win-Win Negotiation: In a win-win scenario, the other person will want what you are willing to trade and you will be prepared to give him or her what they want. If that is the case and you have to give in, it is fair for both of you to negotiate some compensation. Both sides must be happy with the outcome.
  • Prepare – Strategic preparation for negotiations is about getting a better understanding of the partner’s situation and intent. It also helps to identify areas for discussion. While this can be time-consuming and require effort, it will allow companies to decide how they want to approach the table and increase their chances of achieving a successful negotiation.

Last Thought

Strategic negotiation is more than simply choosing a competitive or cooperative position. Thinking in binary terms almost always proves counterproductive. Dealmakers will be able to unlock more value by analyzing the connections between different negotiations with the same party (and with other parties), and looking at how they are negotiating about the right topics.


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