Behind the curtain: Silent partners making big decisions

Today’s celebrity-obsessed culture puts a spotlight on individuals and groups that succeed beyond our wildest fantasies. In business, entertainment, sports and elsewhere, we look for attributes in these overachievers that we can emulate. Yet we often overlook the power of lesser-known individuals who operate behind the scenes in these celebrity stories—as important, if not crucial, elements to their success.

This is the biggest secret to negotiation

It’s been said that business, and indeed life, is just a series of negotiations. From convincing your cab driver to take the shortest route to the office to sealing a multi-million dollar deal, it’s all about getting the best outcome. Mastering negotiating techniques and tactics is vital to success in just about every facet of our lives.