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Join us for insights on how to negotiate a winning balance, where where both sides understand and appreciate the value they receive. As a result, you are more likely to forge a long-lasting relationship that yields more and better opportunities in the future. This idea underpins K&R Negotiations’ Win Wisely™ approach and underlines the importance of using leverage wisely.

Joe Torre and the Yankees

When is an offer not an offer? Joe Torre, an extremely successful (and the highest-paid) baseball manager, failed to bring the Yankees to the Divisional Playoffs in the final year of his contract.  Yankees management made him a non-negotiable offer for next year of $5 million, with "earnable bonuses" of up to $3 million more.  Joe turned it down.  It is unlikely that this offer was expected to be acceptable.  Joe, coming off a 12-year run, shouldn't need the money. So what motivates him? As in many businesses, status, recognition and the appearance of success are key factors in the negotiation process.  If you want to close a deal, you should understand what the other side needs to get to be able to agree to that deal. The Yankees' management team knows Joe well.  They could accurately…

BEA and Oracle (Part 2)

Carl C. Icahn goes over the BEA management team's head. Hard on the heels of BEA's rejection of Oracle's $17/share buyout offer, BEA's largest shareholder Carl C. Icahn has sued BEA to force a shareholders' meeting to vote on the offer. The negotiations implications are interesting. BEA now has an internal conflict - Icahn arguably has similar (but not exactly aligned) motivations to those of BEA management. At the same time, his threat undercuts the strength of BEA's position that a price of $21 per share is the right one, and supports Oracle's position that $17 per share is fair. Interestingly, this would seem to work against Mr. Icahn. If $21 per share were possible, his benefit would be nearly 25% greater. What is BEA to do? Is this pressure (called Negotiations Leverage) real? Threatening…

BEA and Oracle (Part 1)

In recent articles, it was reported that BEA "spurned" a $6.7 billion offer from Oracle to purchase the company.  It amounted to $17 per share.  BEA countered with a statement that $21 per share would be a more reasonable figure.  These actions established a "Negotiation Success Range™" (NSR™).  Negotiation skill will determine at which end of the range the deal closes (if it does).  Beyond skill issues, BEA also may feel pressure to answer to stockholders who may find the offer attractive as a share price.  So BEA's counter-offer could have one of several meanings, including: A deal can be struck, probably at some intermediate price between $17 and $21.  The parties must find compelling arguments to make the other side move closer to closing. BEA may have no intention…

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