What’s Up

Margaret is working on a 3rd book, Bridges to Understanding. Check it out on a whole new page of this website.

Read on for other recent events and news…

Margaret & consensus

Margaret at a recent presentation.

Margaret presented a 50 min. workshop on “Getting comfortable with Negotiation” for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Gulf Coast Section, Women in Energy Congress, Jan. 18, 2019.

Getting Comfortable with Negotiation, Abstract:  What if reaching agreement didn’t have to have to mean haggling and compromise? Imagine not guessing how much to exaggerate an opening position, or how much the other person exaggerated hers. Imagine not taking positions on a number line, then, trying to drag each other closer to the middle. Margaret Anderson calls haggling “number line tug-of-war.” Instead of a win-win, it often ends in a lose-lose. But when you learn how to get off that number line and into a completely different paradigm, you’ll see what a true win-win looks like and how to achieve it—at work and far beyond.

Margaret presented “Greed, Envy and Consensus Building” for Houston Focus on Concerns for Women on March 28, 2018. This short presentation is one of Margaret’s favorites, using prehistoric characters Lucy, Ethel, Larry, Curly and Moe to illustrate why humans evolved greed and envy, and why they often backfire on us in modern times.

Margaret presented a “Bridges to Consensus” training course for ExxonMobil and XTO Energy industrial hygienists on May 26, 2017. She notes, “Great group. They were such fun to work with.” Want to schedule a course for your group? Start here. Or click here for info on custom training.

To hear Margaret present “Mid-Course Corrections,” click hereJust when you think you’ve found your direction, your focus, life can spin you around. Margaret shares some of her own turning point stories and offers tips for dealing with the unexpected changes in your life.

A text version of Margaret’s presentation, “Navigating Cultural Differences We Never Knew We Had,” at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2013 is posted on the UUA website, along with the session handout. Click here to read.