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Louis Villaire
Oct 20, 2021
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Preface “Suaviter in Modo, Fortier in Re” "Gentle in Manner, Strong in Deed” Claudio Acquaviva 1543-1615 ‘Gentle in manner, strong in deed’ is the inscription on a paperweight that Dwight David Eisenhower kept on his desk in the Oval Office of the US Presidency. This maxim was not so much a description of Eisenhower the person, but rather as a guide to remind him how to conduct his affairs. This quote is a guide, and it is a guide especially in those activities which require us to negotiate with others - which is a great deal of what we do everyday. This is a book of history, a book about one of the most consequential presidents in US history. This book is also a guide for the reader to be a better negotiator, narrating the story of the skills and strategies used by a successful American negotiator - President Dwight David Eisenhower. The historical events that are investigated in this book are all critical national and international events that took place in a pivotal decade of the last century (1950-1960) - all events that have a strong determination on the character of our nation and the political realities of our world. President Eisenhower was a main character in all these events. Researching and writing this book has challenged the writer to understand how these events changed our nation and our world, and how one extraordinary person from ordinary origins guided the outcome of these events with his skill as a statesman, a negotiator, and a singular intelligence. The outcome of these events were also determined by the mistakes that Eisenhower made, his sometimes misperceptions, and even some of his individual and international bullying. However, it is remarkable to note that in the eight years of the Ike presidency not one international conflict arose where any US lives were lost. This is no small testament to the negotiation and diplomacy skills that Ike practiced. His commitment to peaceful solutions to international and domestic conflicts was witnessed throughout his two terms as a US President, as well as his tenure as NATO Commander. Ike’s consummate skills as a negotiator are laid out in this book - specifically so that we may learn from and practice better these skills on display. No one influenced and shaped our nation and our world in the middle and later half of the 20th century than Eisenhower. From the post WWII Pax Americana, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Cold War, to the unprecedented expansion of an interdependent world economy. Ike was a great advocate of free trade and he understood and insisted that robust international trade is ultimately a greater deterrent to war than any amount of armaments. Many books have been written about Eisenhower the man, the leader, the soldier, and the President. This book illuminates Eisenhower as a statesman - the negotiator. When numerous colleagues of Ike were asked about essential qualities that Ike possessed, one of the most repeated qualities was that Ike had the ability to ‘bring people together’ - people of differing views and differing vested interests. This book is written to help the reader become a better negotiator. Ultimate success, whether you be the leader of a boy scout troop or the leader of the free world depends on strong negotiation skills - the ability to give and to take, to think through outcomes, and to lead others in doing so.
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Louis Villaire
Oct 20, 2021
In Welcome to the Forum
Introduction Day to day we negotiate to get what we want, and to get more of what we want we have to be stronger negotiators. Strong negotiation means greater power in our lives. The strongest and least appreciated negotiator in American history is President Eisenhower. Strong negotiating gets us a better job with more pay, a happier and more harmonious home life, and respect and regard from our peers. Negotiating with strength leads to power and success. Our strength as negotiators comes from our own skills and our integrity as individuals. So how do we become more powerful negotiators? How do we get more of what we want? The best way is to learn from those who are the most successful negotiators. The least recognized and most successful American negotiator is the 34th President of the United States, General Dwight David Eisenhower. President Dwight David Eisenhower (Eisenhower) is commemorated as the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during WWII and as a successful two-term US President in the US from 1953-1960. He is remembered for the US Interstate Highway System, US public school integration (Brown vs Board of Education 1954), and for presiding over a post WWII US industrial economic expansion. Eisenhower was one of the world’ greatest leaders with upstanding moral credibility. The most essential skill that Eisenhower practiced was strong negotiation. In practicing strong negotiation, Eisenhower became the most successful American diplomat in US history. Eisenhower became a great leader by being a great negotiator.
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Louis Villaire
Oct 20, 2021
In Welcome to the Forum
Dr. Lou Villaire holds a doctorate in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Villaire is a former lecturer at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Colorado, where Dr. Villaire taught courses is American Government, Public Policy, and Public Administration. Dr. Villaire has taught undergraduates in American Studies for two decades at community colleges and universities. Teaching American Government to undergraduate students taught Dr. Villaire that the struggle of American History is relevant for individuals, proved by their personal experience as Americans.
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Louis Villaire
Oct 20, 2021
In Welcome to the Forum
This book is a practical American 20th Century history (150 pages) negotiation skills guide targeted at individuals who are either entering the workforce and wish to improve their negotiating skills and those who are in the workforce seeking to advance their careers by improving their personal and business negotiation skills. Rather than this being a ‘history’ book or a ‘scholarly’ book, it is a practical guide book giving the reader the tools to improve their skills as a negotiator — as taught by one of the greatest leaders. This book is different from other guide books on negotiation because of the real world historical events that are examples for negotiation skills and the profound impact these events have had on the modern world. This book comes at a time where the partisan divide in the US is at an all time high. Active readers, and influential people are looking for American leaders who practice powerful, good-faith and successful negotiation with allies and adversaries — this is Eisenhower. Many books have been written about Eisenhower as a leader, a WWII general, and as a US President, yet there are none that focus on his skills as a negotiator - Eisenhower’s essential skill. This book argues that Eisenhower was the greatest American statesman, and that this distinction comes from Eisenhower’s abilities as a negotiator. The ability to negotiate gave Eisenhower his power — he was our nation’s most powerful and successful broker. And his power and strength come from his integrity, his calculating incorruption, and his drive to negotiate in good faith. Like anyone else, Eisenhower learned the skills to become a strong negotiator. Although the readers of this book will be Eisenhower fans and general history readers, its selling points are general inasmuch as this book is self improvement. It is directed for the reader who yearns to be a tougher broker for his/her own needs and goals. Right now the readership market in the US demands books that are enjoyable to read, relatively brief, and good guides for life. Through 10 years of exhaustive research of the personal and public documents of Eisenhower’s life, a portrait is made of Ike as a master negotiator. This is coupled with narrated historical events that give life to and illuminate Ike’s skill as America’s strongest negotiator. The selling points for “In Good Faith: Strong Negotiation From the Greatest American Statesman” are: ● Be a stronger negotiator ● Have greater personal power ● Have greater professional success
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