Show Notes

Episode 103: Dealing with Imperfectionists

Negotiations can be difficult when one person is a perfectionist and the other isn’t. In this episode, Shannon and Janine address a question from a listener who is trying to work with an imperfectionist neighbor to replace a fence between their yards.

Discussion topics include:

  • The gifts that our pets give us
  • The challenges of maximizers working with satisficers
  • How Shannon and her neighbor dealt with a similar situation through clear communication and knowing what was important to them
  • The value of thinking through what really matters and writing them down
  • Another fence situation Shannon had with a different neighbor that also hinged on clear communication
  • Recognizing when entering negotiations with people of differing sensibilities that you can’t expect to get 100% of what you want
  • Knowing the top two or three things that are most important to you and communicating them up front
  • Shannon’s advice to write down your top concerns, but not hide behind the written word
  • Would you rather be right or happy?
  • Communicating from a place of kindness
  • Finding out what’s important to the other person so everyone’s needs are met

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