In this off-topic 10th episode, Jason Hartman talks with Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Environmental & Urban Planning at MIT and Vice-Chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and author of Entrepreneurial Negotiation: Understanding and Managing The Relationships That Determine Your Entrepreneurial Success, about what urban development means in today’s age and ideas coming up that can help alleviate many of our city’s difficulties.
Jason and Lawrence also discuss the importance of negotiation and the mindset you must have whenever you enter into them. Many people’s attitudes these days are skewed toward doing what’s best for themselves, and Lawrence explains why that’s wrong and why the methods we’re trying to use for negotiations are all wrong.
[3:04] The art of urban planning and its changing nature
[6:06] Cities are going through a process of change and we’re likely to see big cities continuing to spread rather than becoming denser
[11:09] Some ideas for the future on how to reduce or eliminate traffic
[15:47] The single most important thing to becoming a better negotiator
[20:49] You need to know the other party’s options so that you can know where you stand in negotiations
[24:42] How negotiation can make you a better leader
[29:10] We need to stop thinking that text based communication can be a way to run a business