Text "Getting to Yes" by Roger Fisher and William Ury

1063 Words Nov 5th, 2005 5 Pages
"YES" is the most powerful word in the English language. Even though it is the most powerful word, that doesn 't always mean it is the answer. Finding the answer to any question, conflict, argument etc. requires negotiating. To negotiate means to confer with another or others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement. The basic idea of it seems pretty simple, and in fact negotiating is something the majority of us do on a daily basis either at work, at home, anywhere. In the text "Getting To Yes" by Roger Fisher and William Ury, they describe their four principles for effective negotiation. They also discuss three common obstacles to negotiation and how to overcome them. The four principles for effective negotiation are to 1) …show more content…
Further discussing the four principles in my opinion, starting with 1) separating the people from the problem, I can say for me that it is sometimes difficult to realize you may be attached to a side 's position emotionally and not notice or recognize the fact that it may hinder your thought and decision on the conflict.
Discussing the "focus on interests" principle I can see a somewhat complicated broad example of how I could take the side of "for the war in Iraq" while the opposing side is for "peace and no war." No matter what each parties position is on the war, both sides I 'm sure have one big interest in common: Peace. Getting into the discussion of sometimes in order to have peace there has to be war, is not what my report is about but it was just the best example I could spit out about common interests in opposing sides.
When relating the third principle of "generating options" to my personal experiences, I can 't really think of a specific example to explain. My strong opinion however is that to me it 's obvious that the more creative options you have in a conflict, the more solutions there may be to be found. I would rather have a few options when coming to a consensus rather than either this or that way approach.
The best example I can think of that I know I 've done at some point in my lifetime for "objective criteria" is one I 'm sure everyone has encountered also. Remember the "if you
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