This golden oldie is *trending* so I thought it might be interesting to reblog it.
Ronald Reagan once declared that the most terrifying words in the English language were: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help. IP Draughts has a candidate for the most frustrating words that a contract negotiator will hear: just get the deal done.
Typically these words are uttered by a senior executive who has no direct involvement in the negotiations, and who is impatient for an agreement to be signed. They may be passed down through several layers of management, like Chinese whispers, until they reach the poor, bloody infantry who are trying to ensure that the contract terms are appropriate for the organisation.
Often, it is not clear what this message means. IP Draughts would like to suggest that companies implement a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Pressurising Negotiators. This will ensure that senior executives and contract negotiators have a clear understanding of their roles and…
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