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Executive Negotiation Workshop: Negotiate with Confidence

Program Overview

The Executive Negotiation Workshop: Negotiate with Confidence is in a class by itself within the category of negotiations seminars. It will provide you with individualized, personality-based insights as well as a detailed map of the hidden psychology underlying negotiation moves and tactics. You will come away with both enhanced negotiation capabilities and the confidence you need to apply these skills effectively in every aspect of your life.

The workshop attracts seasoned negotiation professionals as well as executives making transitions to leadership roles that require negotiation skills. In addition to corporate executives, past participants have also included scientists, entrepreneurs, diplomats, Navy SEALs, and FBI crisis negotiators. No matter your role or level of experience, you will learn how to build collaborative relationships as you successfully negotiate deals, disputes, and new initiatives.

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Program Highlights & Benefits

In the Executive Negotiation Workshop, you will:

  • Improve your skills regardless of your level of experience
  • Explore how gender and culture affect the negotiation process
  • Fully integrate negotiation skills into your most effective professional self
  • Train with a select group of top professionals from diverse industries, backgrounds, and cultures
  • Gain both the emotional intelligence and situation awareness that make it possible to adjust your strategy in real time

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Executive Negotiation Workshop participants

The July 2018 session is full. Please email for waitlist information.

July 23 - 27, 2018$11,250

Philadelphia, PA

December 3 - 7, 2018$11,250

Philadelphia, PA

April 15 - 19, 2019$11,500

Philadelphia, PA

Download the program schedule, including session details.

Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change.

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In the Executive Negotiation Workshop: Negotiate with Confidence, participants will learn the key factors that make a real difference in negotiations, says Professor G. Richard Shell.

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Experience & Impact

You will not find simplistic methods in this workshop. Top negotiators know there is no single framework, whether “win-win” or “win-lose,” that works every time. Instead, over five intense days you will sharpen your skills as you learn new best practices, investigate the latest research, and personalize techniques that can work in your next negotiation. This personality-based approach will build greater credibility and give you the edge to be effective under any circumstances.

This is not a lecture course. Instead, you will be put to the test. You will negotiate with different partners in a wide variety of situations. By identifying your own and your partner’s negotiation styles and then working with them, you will forge better deals. Feedback, including videotaping and real-time feedback, will help you hone your edge.

The program features two of Wharton’s most dynamic faculty: G. Richard Shell, author of the award-winning book Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People and one of the world’s foremost authorities on negotiations, and Cade Massey, leader of the Wharton School’s People Analytics Initiative and specialist in data-driven decision-making. Between them, Professors Shell and Massey have won every teaching award the Wharton School offers.

Participants who have attended other negotiation workshops invariably say this one sets the standard for excellence. Our faculty bring decades of practical experience in a wide range of negotiation scenarios (mergers and acquisitions, start-ups, turnarounds, inside-the-organization problems) to each session. This transformational program will forever change the way you think about negotiations.

Who Should Attend

Executives, entrepreneurs, government officials, and those in the military or medical professions who currently conduct negotiations will benefit from this workshop. Because the focus is on identifying your own negotiating strategies, strengths, and weaknesses, those who are transitioning into a role in which they will have to conduct negotiations and those with extensive negotiating experience are encouraged to attend.

All candidates must be able to understand written and spoken English, and to participate actively in intensive discussions and negotiations in the English language.

Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.

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G. Richard Shell, JD   See Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Thomas Gerrity Professor; Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School

Cade Massey, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Practice Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Research Interests: People analytics, judgment under uncertainty, organizational behavior


Executive Negotiation Workshop - Amelia Christopherson Testimonial

Amelia Christopherson

Managing Director, RGN Property

Executive Negotiation Workshop Testimonial – Giovanni Nardi

Giovanni Nardi

Business Development, Ardent Mills

Executive Negotiation Workshop Testimonial - Terrence R. Head

Terrence R. Head

President and Founder, Outlier Global Solutions

This workshop was a mind-changing experience: it was not just something I learned — I really experienced it. When you are at the negotiating table, you always assume something, and most of the time you are wrong. The key is removing the emotion from the negotiation and focusing on what people want. For example, I might think the negotiation is about money, but I discover that the real goal is to preserve my relationship with the customer; money is not the priority.

I highly recommend the course — in fact, my boss is going to take it next March, and I’m convincing two colleagues in another company to take the workshop next November. As for me, I am looking to take another course from Wharton next July, and plan to earn my Certificate of Professional Development.”

I attended the Wharton Executive Negotiation Workshop in 1996, in the early part of my career as a professional in managed health care strategy development and negotiation. I am retired now, but I wanted to thank you for the help and preparation your workshop provided. I credit your program with much of the professional success I enjoyed in my position, and I am strongly urging that the person who follows me in my job take your training.”

Marvin Fairbank

Director of Contractor Care, Stormont-Vail Healthcare, Inc.

Thank you for a highly instructive, extremely inspiring, and completely unforgettable experience at the Executive Negotiation Workshop at Wharton last week!”

Jens Schmidt

Director, General Manager, Nokia Corporation

Had I known what lay ahead, I would sell my car to take this course!”

Strategic Alliances Partner, Pharmaceuticals Manufacturer

Negotiation skills are a key way to differentiate our company for potential customers and to help us create stronger relationships with our existing customers. The methods Professor Shell uses in both teaching and conducting negotiations are an excellent foundation for our staff to build this competency.”

Managing Director, Family-Owned Business

It is totally applicable to my personal and professional life. Further, it has allowed me the opportunity to take formerly argumentative situations and move them into problem-solving, positive exercises.”

Vice President, Government Affairs

Quite simply, the most valuable course I have taken in my 15-year career. Very committed faculty — really interested in participant learning.”

Senior Vice President, Capital Funding Corporation

The program paid for itself in spades when, halfway through the course, I resolved a problem regarding a pending acquisition that I’d been working on for six months.”

H. L. Johnson

Business Broker
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