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Small Wins, Big Gains: Negotiating at Work Deborah M. Kolb

Small Wins, Big Gains: Negotiating at Work

Deborah M. Kolb

Published January 20th 2015
ISBN : 9781118352410
Hardcover
200 pages
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Understand the context of negotiations to achieve better resultsNegotiation has always been at the heart of solving problems at work. Yet today, when people in organizations are asked to do more with less, be responsive 24/7, and manage in rapidlyMoreUnderstand the context of negotiations to achieve better resultsNegotiation has always been at the heart of solving problems at work. Yet today, when people in organizations are asked to do more with less, be responsive 24/7, and manage in rapidly changing environments, negotiation is more essential than ever. What has been missed in much of the literature of the past 30 years is that negotiations in organizations always take place within a context--of organizational culture, of prior negotiations, of power relationships--that dictates which issues are negotiable and by whom. When we negotiate for new opportunities or increased flexibility, we never do it in a vacuum. We challenge the status quo and we build out the path for others to negotiate those issues after us. In this way, negotiating for ourselves at work can create small wins that can grow into something bigger, for ourselves and our organizations. Seen in this way, negotiation becomes a tool for addressing ineffective practices and outdated assumptions, and for creating change.Small Wins, Big Gains offers practical advice for managing your own workplace negotiations: how to get opportunities, promotions, flexibility, buy-in, support, and credit for your work. It does so within the context of organizational dynamics, recognizing that to negotiate with someone who has more power adds a level of complexity. This is true when we negotiate with our managers, and its also true for women and people of color who are even more likely to meet with resistance. Small Wins, Big Gains is rooted in real-life cases of professionals from a wide range of industries and organizations, both national and international.Strategies to get the other person to the table and engage in creative problem solving, even when they are reluctant to do soTips on how to recognize opportunities to negotiate, bolster your confidence prior to the negotiation, turn asks into a negotiation, and advance negotiations that get stuckA rich examination of research on negotiation, conflict management, and genderVideos that walk you through difficult negotiation scenarios step-by-stepBy using these strategies, you can negotiate successfully for your job and your career- in a larger field, you can also alter organizational practices and policies that impact others.