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'So, Smith, how do you feel negotiations are going?'
'Which 'win' is ours? Because the one on the left looks bigger.'
Rock, paper and scissors fighting in office conference room.
"Of course, I expect a ten-per-cent finder's fee."
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"You'll have to phrase it another way. They have no word for 'fetch.' "
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Inventing the Art of Compromise...
"I'll listen for a dollar."
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"Would you like to hear about our retirement plan?"
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"Very impressive, Mr. Crawley, but no one on our side of the table wants to feel your muscle."
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"I'm really excited about this opportunity, but I'm hoping there's room to negotiate the title? What about 'Rises-to-the-Occasions-Mary?', or 'Cool-Under-Pressure-Mary?'
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A meeting room with two teams of businessmen in huddles on opposite sides of the room.
'Could we finish these negotiations via e-mail? That will allow me to think before I respond to your proposals.'
'When you asked if I'd 'like a little company' I didn't expect you to start trying to sell me your dry-cleaning business!'
"How much if I pedal?"
"Tell you what I'll do—if that lady over there deposits a big chunk of dough, I'll give you some of it."
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"Your interest in the salary makes me wonder how 'self-motivated' you really are."
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"I'll abandon my medium-and shorter-range missiles if you'll abandon yours."
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"Here's the deal, Kim. I pick up eggs and butter, but no dry cleaning."
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'Can't you see? This isn't a real offer! They're just tossing us a bone!'
Thanks to compromise they were moving closer.
"I'll trade you my cupcake for your head lice."
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'For the last time, it's called a 'win-win' contract. Nobody gets whacked.'
Denial as a form of corporate negotiation.
"I'll go in and look at stuff, but I won't read any signage."
"Oh dear did we neglect to read the contract thoroughly?"