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Our monthly blog

Each month, we muse about some aspect of negotiation, gamification or philanthropy and its effect on our work and world. Comments welcome!
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August 2022

THE DANCE OF LEADERSHIP: Leading and negotiating in the ballroom

The negotiation of a well-orchestrated political response toward Russia has been challenging EU member states with ever new tests of cohesion for weeks now, calling for a more forceful and skillful style of negotiation.

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July 2022

HIMALAYAN DANCE: Nepal’s clever fuel negotiations with India and China

On the occasion of this month’s visit to Nepal (first teaching, then trekking and visiting a monastery) I was struck again by the courage and tenacity of this tiny country wedged between the giants of China and India. 

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June 2022

PHILANTHROPY WITH CONNECTION: Helping out in Ukraine

As the situation has worsened in Ukraine over the past ten weeks, we at Rational Games have also wrestled with the question of what we can do to help with our limited means.  Where best to give and how to ensure there is an impact? 

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May 2022

HE MUST BE CRAZY: Negotiating with Irrational Partners

Most of the world continues to hold its breath waiting for what might happen next in Russia’s war. The long line of heads of state and other dignitaries who made the trip to Moscow largely share the same estimation: he must be crazy.

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April 2022

THE INFINITE GAME OF BUSINESS: Inspirations from Simon Sinek

“There are at least two kinds of games in life. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”

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March 2022

MUSICIANS WITHOUT BORDERS: Introducing the Kivu Youth Project

Especially in the light of the current crisis on the Ukrainian border, Rational Games is pleased to present its most recent grantee:Musicians Without Border (MWB) and specifically their Kivu Youth Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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February 2022

DANCING BACKWARDS AND IN HIGH HEELS: Can gender impact negotiation results?

There is a lot of talk these days about the effects of gender on both negotiation performance but also results. In this blog post, we take a look at 5 things the experts have concluded so far based on the latest research.

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January 2022

LEARNING FROM UBUNTU: Applications to Negotiation, Leadership and Ethics

To close out the year, please allow me to follow the lead of the Global Executive Leadership Initiative with a short reflection on how the concept of ubuntu might inform the work we do even far away from Africa.

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December 2021

BOXING FOR PEACE: Introducing United Boxing in Berlin

We finish the year by introducing our newest grantee, Sports4More (SfM) in Berlin, a young and innovative initiative that uses the medium of boxing to reach at-risk youth from socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

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November 2021

COACHING THAT MATTERS: Helping Political Negotiators think Strategically

What an exciting political autumn we are having in Germany, with both a Federal and two state elections on the same day! Given the complicated six-party system here, there is now a myriad of combinations possible.

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