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Mediators can do well by doing good, even in a recession

by Tammy Lenski
October 2008

From the Mediator Tech blog of Tammy Lenski.

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grow your adr businessCharles Green, author of the excellent (I just finished it) Trust-Based Selling: Using Customer Focus and Collaboration to Build Long-Term Relationships, recently blogged some ideas for trustworthy and future-thinking ways small businesses can act during difficult economic times.

In Top Ten Ways for Your Business to Deal with a Recession, Green offers up strategies that capitalize on this kind of thinking:

  • Don’t fall prey to short-termism
  • Do well by doing good
  • Meet transactional opportunism with relationship strategies
  • Be there for others now, and they will be there for you later
  • We remember those who helped us when times were tough
  • Now’s the time to prove you’re trustworthy–worthy of trust.

While not every item on his Top Ten list makes sense for mediators in small or solo practices, many of them do. I particularly like #3, #7, #8 and #9.

Have a great idea for staying on course during a recession? I invite you to share it in the comments.
Tammy

Biography


Dr. Tammy Lenski helps people resolve conflict in ongoing business and personal relationships and bring their "A" game to difficult conversations. Since founding her NH-based conflict resolution firm Myriaccord LLC in 1997, Tammy has worked with individuals and organizations worldwide as a master mediator, executive coach, speaker, and educator. Author of the award-winning book, Making Mediation Your Day Job, she recently received the Association for Conflict Resolution’s prestigious Mary Parker Follett award for innovative and pioneering work in her field. Her second book, The Conflict Pivot, was released in 2014.

 



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