3 anonymous contributors
- IT budgets are increasing, but many CIOs feel their budgets are inadequate to accomplish what is being asked of them.
- Eighty percent of organizations don’t have a mature, repeatable, scalable negotiation process.
- Training dollars on negotiations are often wasted or ineffective.
- Negotiations are about allocating risk and money – how much risk is a party willing to accept at what price point?
- Using a cross-functional/cross-insight team structure for negotiation preparation yields better results.
- Soft skills aren’t enough and theatrical negotiation tactics aren’t effective.
Impact and Result
A good negotiation process can help:
- Maximize budget dollars.
- Improve vendor performance.
- Enhance relationships internally and externally.
This guided implementation is a twelve call advisory process.
Call #1 - Establish and categorize goals; develop negotiation ranges.
Call #2 - Discuss alternatives and how they impact the negotiation.
Call #3 - Identify and evaluate assumptions being made by the parties.
Call #4 - Discuss critical research components and sources.
Call #5 - Identify key relationships that help and hurt your negotiation.
Call #6 - Discuss the two-team approach to negotiating and how to utilize it.
Call #7 - Identify and assess the leverage of each party.
Call #8 - Review timeline questions and the impact the answers have.
Call #9 - Develop a strategy based on the 16 key factors.
Call #10 - Draft an agenda to implement your negotiation strategy.
Call #11 - Develop sound questions and answers to preserve leverage.
Call #12 - Review tips and best practices for rehearsing before the negotiation.
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Module 1: 12 Steps to Better Negotiation Preparation
- Improve negotiation preparation.
- Understand how to use the Info-Tech Before Negotiating Tool.
Key Benefits Achieved
- A scalable framework for negotiation preparation will be created.
- The Before Negotiating Tool will be configured for the customer’s environment.
Establish specific negotiation goals and ranges.
- Sample negotiation goals and ranges will be generated via a case study to demonstrate the concepts and how to use the Before Negotiating Tool (this will apply to each Planned Activity)
Identify and assess alternatives to a negotiated agreement.
- Sample alternatives will be generated
Identify and evaluate assumptions made by the parties.
- Sample assumptions will be generated
- Sample research will be generated
Identify and evaluate relationship issues.
- Sample relationship issues will be generated
Identify and leverage the team structure.
- Sample teams will be generated
Identify and address leverage issues.
- Sample leverage items will be generated
Evaluate timeline considerations.
- Sample timeline issues will be generated
Create a strategy.
- A sample strategy will be generated
Draft a negotiation agenda.
- A sample negotiation agenda will be generated
Draft and answer questions.
- Sample questions and answers will be generated
Rehearse (informal and formal).
- Sample rehearsals will be conducted
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