posted on Oct, 11 2003 @ 09:40 PM
In the role of negotiator, one has an interesting position not taught by modern society. And that is..not to win! That's right, you don't
want to win in a negotiation, because if you have won it means the other side has lost. In future negotiations you will find reaching an
agreement/solution much more difficult with that party. Simply because they feel as though they cannot trust you.
In negotiations of any sort, the two parties involved must feel as though they can trust one another. And in the end, both parties must feel stisfied
that they did not give up too much, nor receive too little. This is a line finer than spider's silk and a rule easier to break than a soap bubble.
Both sides must do their best to remove all prejudice from their minds, leaving only facts and goals in order to reach a proffesional
agreement/solution. If one person comes to the table with their personal feelings on the matter too involved, they will deadlock the negotiations and
it will turn into mudslinging and harm relations further. You can see this happen on both large scales, as with peace conferences around the globe,
and o a small scale, such as the 'discussions' with people such as the Colonel. I admire his spirited resolve, but he is far too closeminded for
his own good.
As is the case for many world leaders.