Tug of War: The Tension Concept and the Art of International Negotiation
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Title: Tug of War: The Tension Concept and the Art ...
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
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Tug of War is a ground-breaking exploration of the negotiator as a flexible, creative manager of tensions extracted from ongoing informational chaos. The book relates the process and form of negotiation to fundamental aspects of human behaviour and is probably the first work to present a universal theory of negotiation.
Tony English wrote Tug of War for negotiation experts and others who might be interested in a long-overdue fresh concept of negotiation, and an analytical method which draws on the literature of negotiation but delves into many other realms, including international relations, fine arts, philosophy, management, games, anthropology and psychology. The book focuses on international negotiation but is relevant to negotiation in general. Tony interviewed many veteran negotiators in diplomacy, hostage release and business. He weaves the rich character, skills and experience of individual veterans into the book, and presents two cases in fine detail. The informants include: Hugh Davies, lead British negotiator for the return of Hong Kong to China; Sir Alan Donald, British Ambassador to China and several other countries; Terry Waite, of Beirut kidnap fame; Meg McDonald, Australian Ambassador for the Environment and team leader for the greenhouse gas negotiations at Kyoto; Malcolm Lyon, Australia's lead negotiator for the Torres Strait Treaty with Papua New Guinea; Don Kenyon, Australian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union, and former Chairman of the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body; Doug Anderson, Managing Director of P & O Ports; Sam Passow, Research Director of London's Centre for Dispute Resolution; Geoff Goon, a major exporter of fruit and vegetables from Australia to the Middle East; Steven Hochman and Kirk Wolcott, dispute resolution advisers to President Jimmy Carter; and a few others who needed anonymity. Tony also draws on his own experience in several countries.
At the core of the book is the tension, which comprises complementary phenomena, both physical and abstract, that compete for influence over our behaviour as we are bombarded with chaotic information. Profuse forces generate dynamic tensions. Tony presents a model of negotiation context that comprises tensions and the forces that constantly generate and regenerate them. Expert negotiators are expert tension managers who thrive on the need to recognize and manage constant change in the negotiation context; they have high 'contextual intelligence', a variation on Robert Sternberg's concept of Successful Intelligence in cognitive psychology. Tony links contextual intelligence with seven traits identified in his veterans. Some writers refer to the tension but neglect its nuances and miss its generic value in analyzing negotiations and other human activity as people try to impose manageable order on chaos. We are all tension managers, whether or not we are aware of it.
Tug of War is included in a list of 102 readings compiled by the US Government's Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group. This high-power group was established by Presidential Memorandum on May 1, 1998, to assist federal agencies to develop and implement ADR programs. The Working Group's members are ADR professionals in agencies across the Federal Government. The President appointed the Attorney General to lead the group.
Discussion of my book and its relationship to a much more recent work by another author used to be available on the dedicated public Facebook page for Tug of War: The Tension Concept and the Art of International Negotiation. Without explanation or warning, most of the discussion series and reader comments have been removed.
Published early in 2010, my book is clearly the first to depict the negotiator as a flexible, creative manager of tensions extracted from ongoing informational chaos. The book elaborates on the 'managing chaos and thriving on uncertainty' theme that is in my publications as far back as 2002, and well before that in my teaching. Also see detailed, lengthy comments on my book in Dr Andrew Whitehead's Amazon review of Michael Wheeler's The Art of Negotiation. The Facebook posts that have mysteriously disappeared presented in detail my claim to be the first writer to depict the negotiator as a creative, flexible manager of informational chaos. This is a fact, despite different treatment of the theme developed independently by Wheeler for his much later book.
Two pages of corrections and addenda are available in JPEG format on the Facebook page for Tug of War. The changes are based mainly on reader feedback. Most are minor production glitches; one is a significant redefinition.
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