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October 2011

Business Writing

The Power of Options

Way way back in college, one of my design instructors asked us “Who has more power in a negotiation? The client or the vendor?” Most of us said “the client.” Then the instructor gave us the answer which has stayed with me ever since. “The person with the most power, is the one who has the most options.” Wow! As if a follow-up to that, my Dad always liked to say “The more options, the better.” (I had a girlfriend who also liked saying that, and now I understand why, but I’m not sure if that’s relevant to this discussion.)…