What Time Is It?

Published: Aug 24 , 2012
Author: Alan Smith

When my kids were much younger we had a standard gag. I would ask them what time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?

The answer was clearly time to get a new fence.

Timing is indeed everything.

A similar question could be asked right now with the World's biggest sporting event still receiving plaudits from around the Globe (except of course the French), as perhaps the best ever Olympic games.

One of the key reasons that London won the games back in Singapore, beating Paris, (wonder if that played a part in the above) was because of the legacy that London promised would be left beyond the games.

Prime Minister David Cameron has already responded to Britain's success by stating that there will be no cuts to funding for Olympic sports before the 2016 Games in Rio. UK Sport will receive £125million annually for the next four years to maintain funding at same level as the run-up to London.

With participation levels in a range of sports expected to spike in the coming months, pressure is apparent to ensure the next generation of stars are given every opportunity to reach their potential.

For the negotiator picking the right time to maximise the power that they have is crucial. When the stars align in your favour you should seize the initiative and attempt to manage the process by making credible, realistic proposals that are possibly even time sensitive.

In the Times this week it was reported that Boxing Clubs across Britain are facing serious financial challenges that will hamper their ability to recreate the winning performance of London in Rio. Many clubs scored the availability of funding as a 4 out of 10.

If I were advising the clubs right now I would suggest that any sitting on the fence stops right now and the bell should ring on the way they can help bring Gold back to Britain in four years.

Alan Smith


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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.

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