Monthly Archives: May 2015

Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement: Conflict Humor

Much is quite rightly made of the concept of BATNA or Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement in negotiations. It is your walk away alternative, and decides how much power you likely have in the negotiation: the better your BATNA … Continue reading

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Bertold Brecht(1898-1956): Top Ten Conflict Tips

Having recently used one of his quotes I found interesting, time for one of your Top Ten Conflict Tips from one of the 20th Century’s most conflicted thinkers: Bertold Brecht. Because things are the way they are, things will not … Continue reading

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Moral Foundations of Conservatives and Liberals: Building on Jonathan Haidt

I always found the Jonathan Haidt Moral Foundations work on the differences in the Moral Foundations of liberals and conservatives very useful. But I also had concerns that it missed some of the liberal moral concerns around Sanctity, Authority, Loyalty … Continue reading

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Seneca the Younger (4BCE-65CE) Top Ten Conflict Tips

Nassim Taleb in his book Anti-Fragile is very keen on the Roman Philosopher Seneca and so I thought it time we did a one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips on Seneca, the Stoic Roman Philosopher. True happiness is… to … Continue reading

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List of Cognitive Biases

Marvelously self challenging list of cognitive biases from Wikipedia as pointed out to me by my friend John.  Cognitive bias describes the inherent thinking errors that humans make in processing information. Some of these have been verified empirically in the … Continue reading

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“The Myth of Sisyphus”: Albert Camus

As my friends who work hard, start their week on Monday morning round the world, I offer the quote from Albert Camus’s marvelous essay “The Myth of Sisyphus” about the Greek hero Sisyphus (whom he calls the proletarian of the … Continue reading

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The Fraternity of Failure Paul Krugman

A very important article in today’s New York Times by Paul Krugman, likely to be ignored by all Republicans who most need to read it:  Jeb Bush wants to stop talking about past controversies. And you can see why. He … Continue reading

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