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Compromise Isn’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be

Compromise Isn’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be

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It’s not uncommon for us to hear that compromise is key in relationships, but research is starting to demonstrate that compromise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Instead, researchers are recommending that both parties in a relationship adopt negotiation strategies, which ensures that both parties walk away with a favorable outcome. For example, doing the dishes is something that my husband and I despise. When we first moved in together, this was one of our first discussions. Neither of us wanted to do the dishes, yet had we compromised, we likely would have split the chore 50/50. However, we ended up negotiating. I would do the cooking (another thing he hated but I love) if he did the dishes (something we both hate), and I would do the laundry (something we both hate) if he mowed the lawn (something I hate but he loves). Using negotiation strategies, we were able to both end up getting something we loved in exchange for giving something we didn’t love so much.

The Powerful Question to Ponder

How can you employ negotiation strategies in your relationship this week?

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Kimberly Zimmerman Rand is passionate about people living their best lives through household finance. As a consultant, trainer, coach, and Principal at Dragonfly Financial Solutions LLC, she engages her talents to help others deepen their knowledge, develop their skills, and become more confident in their relationship with money. For over 25 years Kimberly has been providing services to professionals and consumers on both live and online platforms. Her superpower is bringing clarity to complex personal finance topics and inspiring people to do great things. Kimberly is an Accredited Financial Counselor® and Professional Certified Essential Life Coach from Coach Training EDU. She is also a Credit as an Asset Master Trainer and a HUD Certified Housing Counselor. Kimberly holds a Master of Social Work in Social and Economic Development and Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colby College.

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