The joy Marie Kondo sparked for home organizing Lucia Kanter St. Amour has kindled for everyday negotiation.
Have you ever arm-wrestled for chocolates, gamed with the tit-for-tat robot, or booked a session with a negotiation stylist? No? Ever tried to get a toddler to eat their broccoli, been in a conversation where someone repeats themselves over and over, or tried to reason with a person who insists their opinion is indisputable fact?
Ever faced a bully?
Yes? This book is for you.
In addition to plucky prose and arresting content, it offers handy Everyday Super Tip take-aways, and even a runway fashion show of original art. It is as visually pleasing as it is enriching.
Negotiation happens everywhere everyday and it can be anyone’s everyday superpower – even through small acts and language. Yet, negotiation is still viewed by the general public as a specialized skill mastered by experts, and one that you either have or you don’t (“Negotiation can’t be taught. Some people just have the skill and others don’t,” as proclaimed by a high school senior, heading to Brown University to study International Relations, at the author’s 2022 Easter dinner table). Women, in particular, still shy away from negotiation scenarios – many are uncomfortable just asking for something, prioritizing so-called politeness over opportunity and success.
Well, guess what? Negotiation isn’t just for business and boardrooms. Negotiation is sexy. Negotiation is stylish. Negotiation is powerful and accessible to you. Every day.
For the Forces of Good is inclusive and aimed at a general audience. It handily vanquishes the myth that negotiation is some rarified skill for special settings carried out by elite executives or gifted individuals. Far from a dry, technical text, it’s a just-so recipe of expertise and vulnerability. Lucia shows us all how to layer the cake with equal parts skills building, storytelling, social and historical commentary, and thought experiment.
The frosting on this yummy how-to book is how unbashfully it also flexes some intellect, imbuing the reader with that same intellectual prowess. Lucia navigates us up and down, side to side, demonstrating how the pieces all connect – like the cunning video game super heroine unlocking each next level, making us smarter with every turn of every page, all the while sharing her humanity.
Let For the Forces of Good ferry you to everyday freedom and empowerment!
The word ‘Everyday’ in this book’s title points to a critical but under-recognized feature of highly effective negotiation, its inclusiveness. It isn’t limited to any one set of situations, topics, masters or, tellingly, to any one gender. With the research-based information and instruction engagingly offered within its pages, we can all up our game significantly.
Robert Cialdini, Author of INFLUENCE and PRE-SUASION
Captivating, layered, accessible, content-packed, and written in a warm, personal voice. There’s nothing quite like it on the market in the way Lucia connects it all together. It’s fantastic!
Anita Christine Knowlton, Clinical Professor of Law & Founding Director of the Center for Negotiation & Dispute Resolution, University of California Hastings College of the Law
“For the Forces of Good” is the best kind of skill-building book: you’ll learn a ton about handling negotiations big and small, even as you feel entertained and engaged by memorable and sticky anecdotes. It’s a masterfully absorbing blend of storytelling, irresistible thought experiments, and practical tips that you can apply to your own life – from the moment you finish reading.
Mark D. Lucia, Director of Student Legal Services, University of California, Berkeley
As a two decades labor negotiator – I’m loving this! Amazonians focus on super powers and the Super Tips provided are practical and useful in everyday life, which is often a series of negotiations. The usefulness of taking this out of the strict business setting or labor setting is wonderful. For women and other marginalized groups this is a great guidebook. Negotiation can be taught!
Alia Samad-Salameh, Principal, Global Labor Standards at Amazon
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