Comments: When Parties Argue In an Unfocused Way

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Clive Rich, London   05/25/11
When Parties Argue In an Unfocused Way
I agree that in mediation it’s not helpful to simply re-frame arguments if the parties aren't getting anywhere. Mediators can do a lot of pro-active work to break deadlocks when the parties are focused on unproductive issues, including; - Exploring the reasons for deadlock - Helping the parties move away from stated positions and towards principles on which they can work collaboratively - Helping the parties deal with any emotional issues that are blocking them - Reviewing common ground and highlighting progress so far - Finding an easy concession to regain momentum - Taking a break or parking issues for later discussion - Changing the rhythm of the process - e.g. by changing the surroundings or even the seating positions....