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Everything can be negotiated, except…

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Active

I think we all came across, at one pint of another in our academic, business or life experience, of a definition of negotiation. And we all understand that negotiation is something the we do every day: at home, with family, in business, at work, at the market or in a shopping mall, at school, with colleagues, teachers or bosses, with friends or family, with suppliers or even strangers…

After a simple Google search, I found one of the definitions of negotiation:

“Negotiation is a method by which people settle differences. It is a process by which compromise or agreement is reached while avoiding argument. In any disagreement, individuals understandably aim to achieve the best possible outcome for their position (or perhaps an organization they represent). However, the principles of fairness, seeking mutual benefit and maintaining a relationship are the keys to a successful outcome.”


We will find definitions of the term and further information on what skills are needed for a good negotiator in probably millions of websites – and thousands of books – however, not easy to find something about what cannot be negotiated.

Negotiation means reaching an agreement, through compromise, so whatever cannot be changed by simply reason, cannot be negotiated. So what are those things that cannot be changed by simply reason? Before I gave my own answer, I just wanted to see what other people think about this. Conclusion is, everything can be negotiated, except:

  • Happiness
  • Family
  • Principles
  • Beliefs
  • Values
  • Health
  • Nature

Feel free to add to the list things you think cannot be negotiated, no matter what.

My two week Summer Break

Posted on July 17, 2012 by Active

As the hot weather started to creep up on all of us throughout the Gulf I was really looking forward to my lovely vacay which this year I decided to split between London and Turkey.

London bought the rain and the rain and even more rain with a hint of the 2012 Olympic excitement. London was buzzing with that summer feel it is known for and I got all caught up in it.

I managed to fit in a LOT of shopping walking around Oxford Street and meandering through Bicester Village on the prowl for the best deals.

As I chilled in St. James Park I caught up on the outdoors as well as my reading wish list in addition to the little sunshine that London offered when I was there.

My favorite part of the trip had to be The Lovebox Festival where I was able to catch Lana Del Ray and Emeli Sande belt out some fantastic tunes!

Marmaris Island in Turkey was my ‘suntan’ time! I managed to lay by the beach and swim in the ocean all without the scorching heat and suffocating humidity that haunts us throughout the Gulf. Food was delicious, Turkish coffee was abundant, bazaars were lively and the people were welcoming!

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