The Dear Accountant podcast is the ultimate mentorship tool: advice, stories, and career introspections from executives, leaders, and idea makers in the accounting industry. It's such an honor to have an opportunity to chat with Wharton Business School Professor And Author, Mori Taheripour, on all things negotiation, DEI and so much more. In this episode, we explored how bargaining with empathy, curiosity, and authenticity are the most effective tools for negotiations; and how her personal and professional journey brought her to write her book, Bring Yourself: How to Harness the Power of Connection to Negotiate Fearlessly. Everything in life is negotiation. Life is a negotiation. We are essentially all negotiators.
1. THERE'S NO PRESCRIPTIVE FORMULA FOR BEING A GREAT NEGOTIATOR. EVERYONE CAN DO IT!
Mori explains that negotiation is an art, without right or wrongs, that allows individuals to engage in an elegant back and forth for decision making while honoring themselves and speaking their values. Mori’s teaching style emphasizes that negotiations are not just transactional approaches; rather, negotiations build your reality. Discussing with your parents, your siblings, or your classmates are the soundtrack to your life, and they’re all negotiations.
2. THERE ARE A FEW HELPFUL PIECES OF ADVICE TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN IN NEGOTIATIONS
When in negotiation, it’s important to approach the conversation with a learning and growth focused mindset. What can you learn from this interaction? Apart from this, Mori explains that negotiations are successful when individuals focus on curiosity, humility, and open mindedness. Finally, she recommends making sure to share data when engaging in negotiation to bring an element of objectivity into the negotiation.
3. EMPATHY AND KINDNESS WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL
To be a successful negotiator, understanding that everyone’s values are really beneficial and will contribute to a successful resolution in the negotiation is key. Being empathetic, even with people you disagree with, allows you to lead with kindness while honoring your personal values. In doing so, you allow the conversation to be led with empathy, curiosity, and kindness, and will leave the negotiation satisfied, regardless of its conclusion.
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💬 ABOUT OUR GUEST, Mori Taheripour: Mori Taheripour is a globally recognized and highly sought-after speaker, award-winning educator and negotiation expert who's worked with some of the most iconic sports leagues and Fortune 500 corporations over the past twenty years. Mori's work has been featured in top business and sports publications like Forbes, INC, ESPN and Wall Street Journal. She is a regular contributor to sports discussions on Wharton Business Daily on SiriusXM and was featured in ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary, Broke. Her current and past clients include Goldman Sachs Foundation, Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), National Football League (NFL), NFL Players Association, The Timberland Company, United Parcel Service (UPS), Wasserman, Wells Fargo, and the White House Fellows Program.
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