Sidebar: Negotiating Styles

Recognizing your own negotiating style and that of the other party can help you anticipate his approach and avoid being hooked into an emotional response, says Lisha Wentworth of Ouellette & Associates. Here are the basic negotiation styles:

Competitor

• Attacks; looks for control

Goal: To win

Problem-Solver

• Collaborates; looks for underlying problems

Goal: To reason together

Compromiser

• Nurtures the relationship; looks for fairness

Goal: To split the difference

Accommodator

• Conciliates; looks to smooth things over

Goal: To solve other people's problems

Avoider

• Hides; looks for escape.

Goal: To avoid conflict

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