The Book of Agreement: 10 Essential Elements for Getting the Results You Want

Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Crafting agreements with others is a fundamental life skill. Unfortunately, we were never taught how to do it. The agreements most people make are incomplete and ineffective-they usually focus on protecting against what might go wrong instead of figuring out how to make things go right. The Book of Agreement offers a new approach. Stewart Levine demonstrates the superiority of "agreements for results" versus "agreements for protection" and outlines ten principles for creating agreements that explicitly articulate desired outcomes and provide a roadmap to achieving them. He includes over thirty specific templates that can be used to create this new type of agreement for results in a variety of organizational and personal contexts.
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Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Published on
Nov 10, 2002
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Pages
250
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ISBN
9781609943226
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Language
English
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Business & Economics / Negotiating
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  Elena y Jorge se dirigían al ascensor del edificio de la empresa de su mejor cliente. En su corto trayecto hacia arriba comentaban entre ellos lo importante que era conseguir el contrato para su propia compañía. Dos horas después, al salir y ante sus respectivas tazas de café, se lamentaban de no haber conseguido cerrar el acuerdo. Se preguntaban qué había pasado: ¿Falta de preparación, excesiva confianza, improvisación…? Llegaron a la conclusión de que habían cometido un error o varios en el proceso.

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Tras sus anteriores libros sobre el tema y en especial el de Técnicas de negociación. Un método práctico, que ha visto ya su undécima edición en esta misma editorial, han querido demostrar que el error se puede convertir en una excelente mejora si se reflexiona. Por ello, a lo largo del libro no solo clasifican los errores, sino que recomiendan cómo afrontarlos y, lo que es mejor, cómo no volverlos a cometer.
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