At the coffee shop this morning my friend John raised a few eyebrows with this comment: “I don’t know of a single high school or college that offers a course in negotiation.”
John’s a very successful businessman who knows a thing or two about negotiation. His concern is well placed.
Let that hang there for a moment. Think about it. Admittedly, I’m no expert on educational curriculum or who offers what out there in the wider world, but we have to at least acknowledge John’s point. If there’s a public high school offering a class in the skill and science of negotiation, I’m not aware of it. I’ve certainly seen and experienced a fair number of folks who have a less than solid grasp on the concept, though. [Read more…]