Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving I’m thinking about the Vested movement and thanking all those who have brought us here in only seven-plus years, which have flown by breathtakingly fast! It all started with one slim book based on solid research and a great idea—now we are up to six books and counting. Movements are not necessarily easy to […]

Avoid Idea Killer Bingo

No doubt you know about the game of Bingo – it’s great fun to shout Bingo! when you complete a line and win the prize. The Idea Sandbox has devised an instructive take on the Bingo theme called Idea Killer Bingo. It features a Bingo card with many of the killer phrases that squelch innovative ideas and even discussion of […]

Forbes — 31 October 2017

Five Scary Outsourcing Practices “If negotiators have a favorite holiday — it’s bound to be Halloween. Traditional negotiation tactics all too often include hiding authentic intentions behind a mask and using scare tactics to help tilt the playing field to their advantage.“ Column by Kate Vitasek published 31 October 2017 in Forbes online Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/ycne9v9d

Richard Thaler Awarded Nobel Prize for His Contributions to Behavioral Economics

Thaler’s work provides a more realistic understanding of human behavior in economic theory.

Occupier Edge — October 2017

Vested Outsourcing: IT’S TIME TO TRANSFORM OUTSOURCING Article by Kate Vitasek in Cushman & Wakefield’s Occupier Edge, 5th edition 2017, pages 52-53, published 25 September. Here’s the link: https://cushwake.cld.bz/Occupier-Edge-Ed-5-US 

Moving the Cheese Smartly

Last week I was in The Netherlands speaking at arvato’s Supply Chain Masterclass. Of course, I couldn’t resist the urge to go to one of Holland’s wonderful cheese shops. But deciding on what to buy often seems overwhelming after you have tasted a dozen samples! My recent visit made me think about the book Who […]

Sharing Knowledge is Power Multiplied

Most everyone would agree with the adage that knowledge is power, but what about sharing that knowledge? Some might argue that in the context of a contract negotiation, for example, knowledge provides a competitive advantage—so why share it? I would argue just the opposite. In a strategic relationship, holding your cards close to the vest […]

Culture, Yes! Based on Lived Values? Yes Again!

Most companies stress the importance of their culture as a key to their success. Are these mere feel good words, or really real? I thought about this as I read about Bobby Herrera, CEO of Populus Group, in a “leader profile” blog post by Patrick Lencioni, founder of The Table Group. Lencioni examined the factors that make the Populus […]

…Then You Win

“First, they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” The quote is attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, and I wanted to share it because I believe it is relevant to the Vested business model, and the way negotiations should go in a non-violent/nonconfrontational environment. The “ignore” part is the […]

Chess Masters and CDAs

If you are a self-proclaimed chess junkie you know there’s no such thing as a casual, friendly game of chess – for that try checkers! It can take years of practice and study to become even somewhat proficient at chess. Tournament players are exponentially better than chess players/fans, and Experts are beyond most tournament players. […]