“I think the material is really amazing,” Glouberman told Lavin this week, referring to the fact that he uses exercises from both the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and Toronto's Common Outlook firm, as well as anecdotes and observations from his own life. “One of things that's unusual about the group that I teach is that I sometimes get people who don't realize [negotiation] is something they can learn and get better at.”
Glouberman's book The Chairs Are Where the People Go, co-authored with Sheila Heti, plays to a similar strategy. Chairs is a humorous and insightful collection of musings about everyday occurrences—having conversations at a party, living in a city, settling neighbourhood disputes—that also teach readers more about themselves and those around them. Deeply passionate about human interaction and the basis of social norms, Glouberman provides thought-provoking observations about life and how to life it with other people—whether it be in a tight-knit seminar or a large-scale conference.