Persuasion Requires Endurance!

Persuasion Requires Endurance!

Most of us can remember where we were when events, both good and bad, have happened in the world. Or remember being in the audience for a great or inspirational speech. Some remember a show or musical that fed the soul or just made you laugh to the point of tears. I still remember how elated I was seeing the Lion King for the first time in London. Or more recently being dragged by my cousin to see the Book of Mormon, irreverent, but very funny.

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The pace of change produces problems for you to solve - locally and globally!

The pace of change produces problems for you to solve - locally and globally!

Global industries and local communities struggle with the pace of change. Typically, the pace of change is reducing resources like time, money and people. Reducing resources creates difficult problems that appear to be impossible to solve, what we call impossible problems. In local and global marketplaces, impossible problems occur for organisations and for individuals. For all these impossible problems, we need brave individuals to take action to solve the problems and then implement the solutions.

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Dear Amazon, New York doesn't want you: Negotiation Know-how

Dear Amazon, New York doesn't want you: Negotiation Know-how

In case you missed it, the Guardian headline in November 2018, told the story in just seven words.  Amazon had announced, with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, they would open a major office in New York. This office would bring 25,000 jobs paying more than US$100,000. With a deal negotiated with the two decision makers, what could go wrong?

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Why Should You Negotiate for Data?

Why Should You Negotiate for Data?

Next time you negotiate with a strategic customer, ask them to include more data. To understand the value of data, imagine you are a director of a radiology company with millions of digital images. A company asks to buy 100,000 images plus your diagnosis of each image.  This company will use these images to train Artificial Intelligence to analyse images automatically.  How much will you sell them for?

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Negotiation Teams need a Vision!

Negotiation Teams need a Vision!

I recently had the pleasure of being on a panel discussion in Australia on the impact of human intelligence (Hi) and artificial intelligence (Ai) and creating a competitive edge by combining both. The main question is always “where do we start”? Start with your strategic goals. Ai and Hi are most successful when you use them to solve a problem or leverage an opportunity. A key message was - technology is an enabler, but success depends on leader’s ability to use technology and people together.

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Don't solve, Increase Sales OR Lower Costs, solve both.

Don't solve, Increase Sales OR Lower Costs, solve both.

Imagine in your last meeting your sales manager says, “What do you want to do, increase sales or lower costs?” Well, when you put it like that , you must choose? But do you need to choose? Not always! In general, when asked, do you want me to do X or Y we automatically make a choice. Why?

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How can you decide in a dust storm of data?

How can you decide in a dust storm of data?

As a lecturer in change management at AGSM, I talk with many professionals from different companies and industries. A few innovative companies are working on improving their customer experience and their employee experience. These innovative companies are introducing artificial intelligence (Ai) and increasing the skills of their people, particularly their social intelligence. These companies are making courageous decisions to invest in a time of uncertainty to create a competitive edge. In an increasingly challenging business environment, sitting back and waiting to see what the future will bring is a very dangerous strategy.

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Organisations must be Negotiation Ready!

Organisations must be Negotiation Ready!

“Where do we start?” The strategic direction of organisations are most effective when solving problems or leveraging opportunities.

Over the last few years, around the world, I’ve been fortunate to have researched and delivered some negotiation workshops on how and why organisations need to develop teams of negotiators and not just individual stars.

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When Can't Robots Replace You?

When Can't Robots Replace You?

The robots are coming for all our jobs! Read newspapers or Google “jobs replaced by robots”. When I Googled “jobs replaced by robots” I got 85 million results and 95 results posted in a month.  When I Googled “jobs replaced by AI” I got 12 million results and 183 results posted in a month.

So, are any jobs safe?

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Negotiators Need a Framework and Need to be Stress Tested

Negotiators Need a Framework and Need to be Stress Tested

Some companies and industries are slowing down for their summer holidays and end of year celebrations. However, in other industries like the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, January is busy with training and planning for 2019. Last week, a manager asked, “How do teams prepare for negotiations with major accounts?”

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Don't lose your Budget: Invest in Insight

Don't lose your Budget: Invest in Insight

If your financial year finishes in December, ensure you spend your budget. In most organisations, if you don’t spend it, then you lose it. You lose it, but you still must deliver 2019 results. And 2019 starts in less than 40 days.

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