What is the Basis of That?

Published: Mar 16 , 2012
Author: Alan Smith

Terribly difficult question.

If you don't know the answer that is.

PC Stout was completely flummoxed when a cyclist he had stopped for (allegedly) running a red light in London turned on him and asked on what basis he was being challenged.

Forget the fact that running red lights is in itself a dangerous act. You can even forget the fact that the policeman did not caution the cyclist (which apparently you have to do if a suspected criminal act has been observed). But what really did it was that PC Stout forgot the law that was contravened by said act.

When asked the pretty obvious question by the cyclist, which law have I broken, or on what basis are you stopping me, the officer could not accurately give a response.

All captured on the cyclists camera fixed to his helmet and broadcast on YouTube, the event has become both an embarrassment and reminder to us all to make sure if put on the spot we are able to explain or justify the basis of our actions and proposals.

For the negotiator you must expect the question of how you have arrived at your proposal. If you forget, haven't even got one, busk it on the spot, or be outrageously unrealistic  expect the other side to ride off into the sunset.

Rather like the cyclist in the story.

Alan Smith

 


SHARE

blogAuthor

About the author:

Alan Smith
No bio is currently avaliable

Latest Blog:

It's All in the Timing

Tommy Cooper was one of the funniest comedians ever. How do I know? Well partly because he has 13 of the best jokes in the top 50 gags of all time. A personal favourite being, “heard the one about two aerials meeting on a roof, falling in love, and getting married? The ceremony was rubbish but the reception was brilliant”. Telling a good joke is not just about the content. It is also in the timing of the delivery. The same could also be said about negotiation. Picking your time to enter into a negotiation can have a significant impact on its progression and your outcome.

Latest Tweet:





United States
973.428.1991
usa@scotwork.com
Follow us
cpd.png
voty2016_sign_gold.png