Common Outlook Consulting Inc. New Perspectives
February 2014 - Issue # 14-02

Founder's Message


Well before I began my association with the Harvard Negotiation Project (HNP) - the renowned research centre dedicated to improving how people and countries resolve their differences - I knew some of its feats.

For me, one of the most amazing and inspiring stories was (and still is) about how two negotiators played an extraordinary but behind-the-scenes role in bringing about the end of South Africa's "separateness" or apartheid - two negotiators who were assisted, at least in part, by colleagues of mine who hail from HNP. 

This month I'm happy to bring you that inspiring story.

In the wake of Nelson Mandela's passing in early December last year, we have decided to dedicate this and March's issues of our Newsletter to learning from his work and the people around him, reminding us all that individuals can make a meaningful difference in this world.




When you trust your instincts, you trust yourself. When you trust yourself, you can trust others. When you trust others, they can trust you.


What's New 


Coming in March:
Mandela & the Real Champions of the World




"Do you ever sit down to have a cup of tea together? Do you ever sit down to have a drink together? Do you ever sit down in an arm-chair situation and talk?"     
~ Cryril Ramaphosa (The Irish Association lecture, 1996)


"No further talks," Nelson Mandela announced on TV after the massacre of shack-dwellers at Boipatong in South Africa in June of 1992. A few minutes later, Roelf Meyer, the former Minister of Defense for the white minority-ruling National Party and lead negotiator in the talks slated to bring about the end of apartheid, got a call from Cyril Ramaphosa*, Secretary General and lead negotiator for the ANC.(1)

"What the 'heck' are you doing?" Meyer asked.

"We need to talk," Ramaphosa responded.

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