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global leadership summit 2012: william ury

William Ury is the co-founder and senior fellow at Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation. These are my notes from his interview at the Global Leadership Summit.

  • Negotiation is the act of reaching agreement
  • The greatest obstacle to negotiation and agreement is ourselves. We are the biggest barrier to our own success
  • When angry you will make the best speech you will ever regret
  • One of the greatest powers of negotiation that we have is the power not to react
  • 4 Tips to successful negotiation:
    • #1 People:
      • Separate the people from the problem.
      • Be soft on people and hard on the problem.
      • Listen, put yourself in the shoes of the other person and offer respect
    • Interests:
      • Focus on interests not positions.
      • What are the underlying interests and issues?
    • Options:
      • Develop multiple options.
      • Creative options that meet the interests of all parties
    • Criteria:
      • The power of objective criteria and fairness, insist that the result be based on some objective standard.
      • Go into the conversation within a bottom line that you would walk away without agreement but still be happy with your walk away plan
  • Less talk, more walk
  • “Do I not destroy my enemy when I make them my friend?” Abraham Lincoln

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chic-fil-a leadercast dr. roland fryer

Below are my take aways from Dr. Roland Fyer who serves as Professor of Economics at Harvard University also the founder and CEO of The Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard.

Changing the culture of schools & Education

  1. Lengthen the School Day
  2. Hire and Keep Great Teachers
  3. Develop a Culture of High Expectations
  4. Tutor Groups
  5. Quick Assessment & Adjustment

I loved how easily transferable the above 5 principles were to improving or changing the culture of a church as well.

Applied to Church-world…

  1. To Improve Performance it takes Practice
  2. Hire and keep Great Pastors/Staff
  3. Expect Great Results
  4. Specifically Coach & Develop Talent
  5. Evaluate Performance and Adjust your Approach

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