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Why diversity efforts fail—and how your organization can do better

African Americans have been underrepresented and marginalized in U.S. organizations for far too long. Recent research offers concrete guidance for achieving a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
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Steering your organization through crisis

Leaders in government, business, and beyond are struggling to respond to the economic and health ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing on insights from his book Real Leaders Negotiate! Gaining, Using, and Keeping the Power to Lead Through Negotiation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Jeswald Salacuse describes how leaders can use the tools of negotiation to react effectively to the crisis.
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Feeling emotional? Pause before you negotiate

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to anticipate how anxiety, anger, sadness, and other negative emotions are likely to affect our negotiating behavior.
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Get the best job possible in a tough market

Competition for new jobs is fierce in many fields. Here’s how to stand out from the pack and negotiate a satisfying employment package.
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Reaching across the divide

In our era of political polarization, collaboration and compromise can seem like impossible goals within our governments and our own communities. In his book Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts (Viking, 2016), Harvard International Negotiation Program founder and director Daniel L. Shapiro describes how we can start to move beyond our divisions.
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In times of crisis, collaboration must come first

The U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic fostered a chaotic competition for scarce medical supplies. To get through this difficult time, we all need to collaborate more and better.
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When deals fall apart

The Covid-19 pandemic has rendered many contracts unappealing or even impossible to fulfill. Before you threaten to walk away or sue, consider an interest-based approach.
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Federal mediation comes out of the shadows

U.S. federal mediators often work on the front lines of high-profile labor-management disputes, yet—aiming for neutrality and confidentiality—tend to keep a low profile themselves. We spoke to Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) principal deputy director Gary Hattal about how the FMCS, which was founded in 1947, strives to meet its mission of promoting effective collective-bargaining negotiations and ending work stoppages.
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Negotiating from a social distance

During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, handshakes, air travel, and group negotiating sessions are now off-limits. Here’s how to negotiate amid our new virtual reality.
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Reaching agreement when trust is low

Both the U.S. government and the Taliban wanted American troops out of Afghanistan—but painstaking measures were required to overcome mutual suspicion and get a deal done.
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