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Every talk reflects current social, political, and economic events.


Market Disruption
Where Innovation and Negotiation Intersect

Structure: 45-minute talk + Questions
Outcome: New understanding of the interplay between innovation and negotiation.

What do the best innovators and negotiators have in common?

What do the best innovators and negotiators have in common? They recognize patterns, and breaks in patterns. They evaluate threats and opportunities from multiple perspectives. They observe behaviors rather than survey behaviors. They model choices and build interventions to redirect those choices.

In this talk, Scott distinguishes between product innovation (the creation of new products) and market innovation (the creation of new markets) and examines the role that negotiation techniques play in each.

He guides the audience through common negotiation tools and how they can be deployed to generate new insights and concepts, pitch executives and investors, and win new clients and customers.

...in a World of Uncertainty

Structure: 45-minute talk + Questions
Outcome: An alternative approach to strategy development that leaves room for unpredictable social and economic shifts

For those whose 2016 strategic plan allocated resources needed for a Trump administration, British withdrawal from the European Union, and Russian-sponsored cyberattacks, you don't need to hear this talk. For the rest of us without a crystal ball, perhaps it’s time to examine the lessons we learned in business school and ask what's relevant and what's not.

We step through the Negotiator's Guide to Strategy – how to set a relevant outcome goal with the necessary agility to adapt tactics as we confront ambiguous markets, unpredictable politics, and unexpected technology jumps. An uncomfortable look at how "certainty" can dig holes, and tips for navigating the ambiguous era we're operating in.

Biases and How We Overcome Them to Move Issues Forward

Structure: 45-minute talk + Questions
Outcome: An understanding of the danger of fixed perspectives and the power of being able to "see the other side" to create opportunities and move forward on contentious issues.

As psychologists have taught us with the use of optical illusions, two people can interpret a single image differently depending on where they sit. The same goes for forming opinions on the same issue – we all have biases that influence how we interpret various pieces of information. How we see a set of facts determines what we glean from those facts.

While there aren't "alt-facts," there are "alt-perspectives.” In 45 minutes we walk through the science of biases and how we naturally see what we seek. We identify the risk in our declining ability to empathize with those who don't share our views and break down the risks of the digital stacks and bubbles we increasingly live in.

From there, we flip to solutions and work through a series of practices to develop our empathetic talents and techniques to see problems, issues, and people from multiple perspectives.

Three Keys
Critical Elements to Successful Negotiation

Structure: 30-minute talk, 30-minute exercise + questions
Outcome: Applied understanding of critical negotiation concepts, and insights into current business issues

There are three key concepts that transform any negotiation.

There are three key concepts that transform any negotiation. In this talk, Scott spends 10 minutes on each, citing examples from neuroeconomic literature and current event case studies. Whatever issues are in the news that week, he'll illustrate how and where the three keys are at play.

Then he switches to a 30-minute interactive exercise where together the audience works through relevant case studies, practicing the application of the three keys.