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Value-Based Fees In ADR: New CafeMediate Podcast

by Tammy Lenski
December 2009

From the Mediator Tech blog of Tammy Lenski.

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There’s nothing like a good cuppa joe, friends and meaningful chat to re-charge and re-energize. Even when those friends are on other continents.

In this instance, the friends are London-based mediator Amanda of The Mediation Times and fellow New Englander, Diane Levin of The Mediation Channel. We brought our own coffee and the chat was via Skype. And it’s the start of something new: CafeMediate.

CafeMediateCafeMediate was born out of our interest in chewing over with trusted colleagues some of the issues that captivate us, that we grapple with, or that we get lots of questions about from fellow ADR providers. Think of it as mastermind group meets peer supervision meets kaffeeklatsch. We plan to talk monthly and have a couple more colleagues who we hope to have join us next time around.

In our kickoff discussion, Amanda, Diane and I discussed the problems associated with both hourly and fixed-fee billing, and mused about the promise – and early-adopter challenges – of value-based fees.

You can listed to the podcast at Value-based fees in the mediation and ADR world. Download your own copy or click on this icon on the podcast page to stream it:

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If you use an RSS reader (see this video for instructions), you can subscribe to be alerted to new podcasts at CafeMediate’s main page. I’ll announce them here as well, as I’m sure partners in crime will do on their own blogs.

Many, many thanks to Diane and Amanda for their willingness to be part of this! It was so fun to chat with you.


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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