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Published: Dec 08 , 2016
Author: Robin Copland

People think of negotiating as “that thing you do when you’re buying a car” (you’re probably haggling), or “that time you took a particularly sinuous series of bends at speed without driving over the cliff edge” (you were probably driving). At Scotwork, we are of the view that negotiating is that thing you do when something happens to make the status quo no longer tenable; in other words, external factors disrupt an ongoing relationship to the extent that contracts and relationships need to be re-aligned

Published: Jan 08 , 2015
Author: John Leehman

One of our clients was close to an agreement with a bank to offer a few preliminary services, which could pave the way for a large-scale project and substantial revenues. As often happens when deals are close to conclusion, the bank’s representative asked for one last concession. She said, “Since the ultimate deal (still not assured to my client) will be worth a lot of money, how about if you offer these preliminary services at no cost?”

Published: Sep 25 , 2014
Author: Stephen White

Imagine this scenario. You are driving through city streets as a passenger with a colleague at the wheel. He is driving faster than the speed limit, trying to get a meeting on time, and is involved in a minor accident; no one is hurt but the police are called. Passers-by who witnessed the event tell the police they think your colleague was speeding. He asks you to speak as a witness on his behalf; to testify that he wasn’t speeding. What would you do? The Universalist sees this problem in terms of the uniformity of the application of laws and regulations. The issues of loyalty and the attempt to be punctual for a meeting are irrelevant; if the law has been broken then the consequences should be suffered by all, notwithstanding special circumstances or relationships...

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Why are you so petrified of silence?

Alanis Morrissette’s “All I Want” from the wonderful album Jagged Little Pill, could have been written with Jeremy Hunt in mind. Hunt is vying for the leadership of the conservative party against the much-fancied Boris Johnson and asking the same question in a number of different ways. Hunt seems keen to goad Johnson into a debate on live TV and Boris’s silence is clearly a strategy to maintain his leadership in the contest. It seems Johnson's fear of being seen and potentially dropping a fundamental gaff, is ensuring that the normally bubbly, chatty and self-aggrandizing blond bombshell has retreated into his shell.

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