Friends and colleagues are generally supposed to belong to two different worlds. In the legendary words of George Costanza (ref Seinfeld), when our worlds collide there is chaos! That's why when it comes to the workplace, even the most social butterfly clams up. Our co-worker conversations are limited to ‘hellos’ and ‘how are you’ and 'all well' each time we meet at the coffee machine. There is a reluctance to make more of an effort.
A few months ago, Uber came into the line of fire for the way it treated its women employees. Uber is still dealing with the repercussions. An Ex-Google staff member, Joshua Damone, is now internet hero and villain. In a widely circulated memo, he tried to explain that women don’t do well in tech because they cannot handle the pressures of it- an opinion that actually has many takers in Silicon Valley!
Negotiating and coming out feeling good often times feels like a blue moon event. Now that you know what negotiation entails, you need to know the science behind the art. How do you choose which aspects are up for discussion and which aren’t? What factors should you take into account before putting a certain variable up for discussion?