Morton Deutsch, the great social psychologist of common sense, explained the difference between competition and cooperation thus: “if you’re positively linked with another, then you sink or swim together."
Mediation confidentiality in California will end on January 1, 2019...unless YOU take action now.
Have you ever asked yourself, “What if I had taken a different route? Then I would not have been involved in the auto accident?”
What does culturally competent compassion mean? Is it knowing when and to whom, male or female a hand should be offered?
This is a review of Stephen Goldberg's book How Mediation Works: Theory, Research, and Practice.
Minor sport arbitration was heading towards rendering of an award which none of the parties would have been happy about.
Should HR professionals mediate internal workplace disputes?
Oslo by J.T. Rogers, awarded a Tony on June 11, 2017 for best Broadway play of the season, documents the backstory secret negotiations which led to the Israeli-P.L.O. Peace Accord of 1993. This negotiation highlights the power of humility, patience and persistence.
When a couple with children decide that it is time to divorce it is important for them to remember they are not divorcing their children, nor are they divorcing their shared role as parent.
Marriages can be damaged by a destructive prenup or by a harsh prenup negotiation process.
Before we talk about mediation and the value of early mediation, let’s start with two key questions to ask yourself about your dispute.
When discussing different forms of conflict intervention, the various processes are sometimes listed in order of increasing party control.
Is it time to revise the Model Standards for Mediators?
Life’s lessons come when you least expect them, and my mediation training comes in handy at such unexpected times.
This case of the "wall of pin stripes" provides an example of the paradox of mediation.
This article describes a process. The process the parties engaged in was so expensive and time-consuming that they felt abused by that system.
This article is the 4th in a series on Negotiation, entitled Strategic Negotiation.
The use of the joint session in mediation has been a hot topic of study and debate in recent years.
What happens when you want to use mediation for divorce, but your spouse doesn’t? It’s a fairly common situation but not a hopeless one — so don’t give up before trying some tried and true strategies to bring them onboard.
When I first began a career in mediation, almost thirty years ago, we often needed to convince others of the benefits of mediation.
One of the first things I learned about in game theory was the prisoner’s dilemma.
An apology can be given on many levels from a general acknowledgement at one end of the spectrum to a profound apology at the other end.
Most novice and experienced conflict mediators alike feel themselves viscerally tighten in the face of an impending impasse. However, current studies in neuroscience suggest that frustration can be useful in fomenting creative problem solving.
When it comes to defining mediation, I am not a strict constructionist.
We all function through thinking processes we develop from early childhood. These “mindsets” determine how we react, how we analyze, how we plan and how we make decisions.
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