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Meredith Richardson

Parenting Across the Miles

(11/28/16)Meredith Richardson

When people with young children divorce, they create a schedule of parenting time for each parent with the children. What happens when life disrupts this schedule?

Tammy Lenski

Want More Self-control During Conflict? Try appealing to your future self

(11/11/16)Tammy Lenski

Conflict can rob you of two precious mental faculties useful for sorting things out.

Phyllis Pollack

Different Ways of Looking at the Same Thing!

(11/04/16)Phyllis Pollack

Emotions, not logic, control our decision making.

Tammy Lenski

Kintsugi and the Art of Mending Relationship Conflict

(10/28/16)Tammy Lenski

Conflict in personal, professional, and business relationships leaves permanent cracks and breaks behind. What if, instead of trying to ignore or hide the damage, we revered it, understanding that “better than new” is more valuable than “good as new”?

Lorraine Segal

Healing Old Hatreds at Work or Anywhere

(10/28/16)Lorraine Segal

One of the sources of unresolved conflict at work and elsewhere can be unconscious (or conscious) bias and prejudice.

Maria Simpson

Cross Disciplinary Approach to Conflict Resolution

(10/28/16)Maria Simpson

Not only can the skills of mediation be applied to many different situations, but mediation can be influenced by other areas of study as well.

F. Peter Phillips

Keynote at Asian Mediation Conference

(10/28/16)F. Peter Phillips

What the West Can Learn from Chinese Mediation by Peter Phillips.

Restorative Justice Works!

(10/21/16)

This author wonders if “restorative justice” is not about forgiveness or reconciliation nor is it mediation nor is it designed to reduce recidivism. It is neither an alternative to prison nor replaces our legal system.

Ariel Belen

Diversity and Mediation

(10/21/16)Ariel Belen

Imagine two parties locked in a bitter and acrimonious dispute that has gone through six years of hotly contested litigation. At issue are the ownership and control of at least a dozen commercial and residential properties valued in the tens of millions of dollars.

Sabine Walsh

Making Mediation Sexy?!

(10/07/16)Sabine Walsh

It’s that time of year again! Mediation Awareness Week is about to kick off in Ireland, the UK and many other countries around the world.

Phyllis Pollack

Random Thoughts

(10/03/16)Phyllis Pollack

Recently (as part of a book club), I read The Psychology of Conflict by Raul Randolph (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London 2016) who is a barrister and mediator. His approach is to use existentialism as the vehicle through which to discuss the psychological aspects of mediation.

Joe Markowitz

Meet and Confer

(10/03/16)Joe Markowitz

For those who still think that litigation must always be conducted in an adversarial manner--that litigants must oppose anything suggested by the other side, and bring every dispute before the court for resolution--consider that the courts are telling you otherwise.

John Sturrock

Olympian Mediation

(9/16/16)John Sturrock

The Olympics have come and gone with all of the emotion and inspiration they bring. In our recent, fully-subscribed, residential Summer School on mediation skills for leaders, we reflected on the learning from Rio. We watched a video replay of the men’s taekwondo -80kg final in which Team GB’s Lutalo Muhammad lost to his Ivory Coast opponent in the last second of the bout, giving the latter his country’s first ever Olympic gold medal.

Phyllis Pollack

Emotions Control

(9/16/16)Phyllis Pollack

Researchers discovered that when the LSU Tigers unexpectedly lose a football game, the juvenile judges take their anger/frustration at the loss out on the juveniles before them by imposing longer sentences.

Meredith Richardson

When Your Game Face Makes You Out of Touch With Your Emotions

(9/16/16)Meredith Richardson

Our game face, or our poker face, is the face we put on for the outside world that masks what is happening for us internally.

Elly van Laar

Want to Transform Enemy Images? Start with Selflove

(9/16/16)Elly van Laar

You owe it to yourself to move to a place of compassion and empathy.

Self-help Mediation Tool for Couples

(9/02/16)Søren Braskov, Asger Neumann

This article presents a self-help tool for people in the marriage or relationship. The tool includes principles for mediation and refers to the use of a mediator if conflicts are too difficult for themselves to solve.

Meredith Richardson

Could Your Relationship Survive a Crisis?

(9/02/16)Meredith Richardson

The bigger story when you are in a crisis is how it impacts your relationship with your spouse and what that says about your relationship.

Maria Simpson

So Much Anger to Manage! Part 2

(8/26/16)Maria Simpson

“Anger management works – if you’re not angry.”

Ian MacDuff

The Power of the Unexpected Question

(8/26/16)Ian MacDuff

As mediators, it is great to reflect on the challenge and the power of finding just the right question – usually one that can’t be planned, but one that reflects an intuition about what “tweaks” the conversation could withstand and what might just provide a new direction.

Maria Simpson

So Much Anger to Manage!

(8/19/16)Maria Simpson

Everybody seems to be angry lately, and a lot of people are writing about it.

Patrick Moulsdale

How Do You Deal with Conflict as a Leader?

(8/12/16)Patrick Moulsdale

A unique combination of nature, nurture and life experiences means that every one of us sees the world from a different perspective.

Lorraine Segal

We’re All in This Together: Listening to Each Other in Troubled Times

(7/29/16)Lorraine Segal

This article discusses hope and despair in the landscape of today.

Jason Dykstra

Practicing Forgiveness, Holding Boundaries

(7/29/16)Jason Dykstra

Several months ago, a friend asked me how one goes about practicing forgiveness with respect to someone who persists in crossing relational boundaries, making unkind remarks, refusing to take responsibility for his/her behaviour, etc.

Joe Markowitz

Fear

(7/15/16)Joe Markowitz

Someone renting the house across the street from us has been blasting loud music very late at night, and I've been wondering how to deal with it.

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