Negotiators and Operational Behavioral Health Specialists (OBHS)©™1: Win the Mind, Win the Day2
Therefore but a single person was created in the world, to teach that if any man has caused a single life to perish from Israel, he is deemed by Scripture as if he had caused a whole world to perish; and anyone who saves a single soul from Israel, he is deemed by Scripture as if he had saved a whole world. From the Talmud, Sanhedrin, Chapter four, Mishnah five, Section three
As the abstract suggests, what we do is important and even may be vital. The following may be applicable in many negotiations situations. Although approached from the perspective of law enforcement and hostage / crisis negotiations, selection of proper personnel to do the job is always a priority. How negotiators and behavioral health specialists are selected is vital to overall success regardless of the venue. How to put negotiators and psychologists together, and to utilize the unique skills of each, can affect both short and long-term outcomes. (Greenstone, 2005) The following outlines basic selection qualifications and procedures.
It has been said that two heads are better than one. How about two, three or five heads, all trained and experienced as they work as a coordinated team to effectively handle the one head on the other side? One can imagine the strength, skill, proficiency and effectiveness of coordinated disciplines working together toward a common end. No one has all of the answers; together, you will have most of them when you need them.
1"Operational Behavioral Health Specialist" and "OBHS" copyright and trademark, James L. Greenstone, 2011. All Rights Reserved.
2Motto of the 9th Psychological Operations Battalion, United States Army.
Negotiators and Operational Behavioral Health Specialists (OBHS)©™: by James L. Greenstone
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The Negotiator Magazine (April, 2012)