Magazine article Work & Family Life

These 'Kid Strategies' Can Work for Grownups, Too

Magazine article Work & Family Life

These 'Kid Strategies' Can Work for Grownups, Too

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Here are two more examples of children's strategies that can work for adults as well:

Stick with your gang. Whether kids realize it or not, a network of family and friends provides the backup support that puts them on a firm footing when they negotiate with other children.

The same is true of adult negotiations on the job. Personal friendships inside and outside the workplace provide emotional support. They make you feel good about yourself and offer a kind of protective immunity to those who may not have your best interests at heart. Positive relationships can also inspire you to fight for what you want. In negotiations, they encourage you to not give up on what you believe is most important.

Change the subject. When a specific subject puts you at a disadvantage, this can be a delaying tactic or a way to derail negotiations that are moving toward an unwanted conclusion. …

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