Negotiation Skills and Strategies

More than 80 percent of CEOs and other executives leave money on the table when negotiating, according to J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations Leigh Thompson. They settle for too little. They walk away from the table unnecessarily. They act tough, damaging the long-term relationships their businesses need to thrive.

What negotiation skills do you need? What strategies should you employ? From developing the latest research to grounding students and practitioners in the fundamentals, Kellogg's world-renowned faculty have earned a top-notch reputation for helping you reach agreements on your biggest deals.

Know your BATNA and use it to inform your offer. Figure out when to make the first move, and understand what you and the other party want out of the arrangement.

Negotiation is a lifelong practice, and Kellogg helps you to be your best at the table.

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The latest in negotiation tips and learning from Kellogg's acclaimed faculty

  • Negotiation skills for women

    Mind the gap

    Professor Leigh Thompson shares how women can arm themselves with the tools to close the pay gap and increase their long-term earning potential.

  • Baby negotiators

    Born this way?

    Great negotiators don't step up to the table with genetically encoded skills. They learn the deal-making craft through study, trial and experience.

  • Knockout Boxer

    Don't take one for the team

    When negotiating, making heavy concessions in order to preserve a relationship seems like a good idea. In practice, however, it's all sacrifice and no payoff.

  • Leigh Thompson

    Negotiation Tactics 101

    Learn effective negotiation skills in under an hour with four videos covering topics such as the most common mistakes to avoid, your BATNA and more.

  • Women Negotiate Forum

    Getting what you need

    Advice on negotiating personal issues, pregnancy, mid-career promotions and other employment issues facing professional women.

  • Negotiation lies

    Lies are unwise

    Calling an offer "final" when you know it's not isn't tough negotiating—it's a lie. And lying will cost you at the negotiation table in the long run.

  • Negotiation First Move

    The first offer

    Should you be the one to make it? Everyone insists you should always go second or risk revealing too much. But what if everyone is wrong?

  • Leigh Thompson

    High-performance negotiation skills for women

    The pay gap between male and female graduates of elite business schools is widening. How do women address that when negotiating salary?

  • Jeanne Brett

    Negotiation and culture, teams, and decisions

    Jeanne Brett, Leigh Thompson and Victoria Medvec on the interplay of negotiation with cultural differences, team dynamics, and decision-making

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    EMBA student

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