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Top 10 Tips for Re-opening Deadlocked Negotiations

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Top 10 Tips for Re-opening Deadlocked Negotiations

Sometimes people can become deadlocked when trying to negotiate resolutions to disputes.  It can be very difficult to reopen negotiations once parties become fixed in their positions.  Here is a list of 10 tips for re-opening deadlocked negotiations:

1. Use  intermediaries

2. Give conciliatory signals

3. Show a willingness to discuss procedure

4. Admit flexibility on specific solutions

5. Prioritize interests

6.  Identify the of division between hawks and doves

7. Acknowledge the  other’s interests

8.  Assemble an expert problem solving team

9.  Rewarding others for any helpful initiatives

10.  Keeping communication open

This is list based in part on Dobermans and diplomats: seventeen strategies for re-opening hopelessly deadlocked negotiations by John Wade of Bond University.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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