Negotiation Conflict Styles
by Calum Coburn
Our style of negotiation or profile can define whether we grind into a deadlock,or create value and an enduring relationship.So what do you do when your needs are incompatible and your path to agreement starts to fade?
Understanding the Five Negotiation Styles
People often ask «which is the best negotiation style?»As with much management theory there is no single ‘best’ or’right’approach.All five profiles of dealing with conflict are useful in different situations.Although we’re capable of using all five,most of us tend to have one or two preferred negotiation conflict styles that we use unconsciously in most conflict situations.Why?Either because our preferred styles have worked for us in the past, or because of our temperament (nature) or because of our upbringing (nurture).
So if you’re involved in business negotiations,which negotiation styles are likely to reward you with the biggest profit prizes?This question will be answered later in this article. First lets visit each of these important conflict profile styles.
Compete (I win – You lose)
Competitive style negotiators pursue their own needs – yes, even when this means others suffer.They usually don’t want to cause others to suffer and lose, they are just so narrowly focused on their shorter term gains that they plunder obliviously through negotiations like a pirate. They often use whatever power and tactics they can muster, including their personality,position, economic threats, brand strength or size or market share.At its extreme negotiators call their behaviour aggressive or psychotic.
When to use?
When you need to act or get results quickly.Competition is critical when you are certain that something is not negotiable and immediate compliance is required.
Competition can be an effective defense or counter balance to use against negotiators with a competitive conflict profile.