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Leverage is a useful way of thinking about how to gain the advantage in a negotiation, but the concept is essentially a crystallization of what good negotiators have been doing for centuries. Author Roger Volkema does an especially fine job in two areas: useful examples and methodical explanation of your options. He classifies common power plays into types that you can identify, practice and counter. He provides examples of each type drawn from real experience and the popular media. The result is easy to read, understand and apply. The book would have been even stronger if he had added more that was new, if he had grappled more directly with situations where the parties lack leverage and if he had gone further on such matters as ethical negotiation. Yet, as noted, getAbstract praises his examples and strategies, and recommends this book to people who want to improve their negotiating skills.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What leverage is;
  • Why it matters; and
  • How to increase your leverage in negotiations.

About the Author

Roger Volkema is the author of The Negotiation Toolkit. He teaches management at American University, Washington, D.C.



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You negotiate every day, even if you’re not engaged in a conscious, formal negotiation. A negotiation generally starts well before you reach the negotiating table - often before you realize you’re involved in bargaining - and continues after the contract is signed...

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