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Negotiating Like a Woman - How Gender Impacts Communication between the Sexes

(3/22/17)Jan Frankel Schau, Nina Meierding

Anyone who has ever been married will admit that men and women argue differently. It should be no surprise to learn that women and men negotiate differently as well.

Clarence Cramer

Interview with Clarence Cramer

(1/24/17)Clarence Cramer

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Clarence Cramer, long-time leader in the field of court-connected family mediation, including the mediation of cases involving domestic violence, filmed as part of the Mediate.com 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Kristen Blankley

How to Make Mediation Safer in Cases of High Conflict

(8/02/16)Kristen Blankley

This article considers issues of safety in mediation, with practical advice for all mediators to consider before, during, and after a mediation session to ensure participant and mediator safety.

Nina Meierding

Culture & Gender Issues in Negotiation & Mediation (video)

(7/27/16)Nina Meierding

This is a video sample from Nina Meierding's seven-hour online course on Culture & Gender Issues in Negotiation & Mediation.

Maria Simpson

Orlando and Radicalization

(6/27/16)Maria Simpson

As a former member of the IRA, and one who admits to violence, Sean O'Callaghan has clearer insights into this concept than a lot of commentators and psychologists who have not gone through this process and, more importantly, rejected it. His comments, made after the violence in France, are equally applicable to Orlando.

Chris Poole

Diversity Matters

(4/08/16)Chris Poole

A casual look around the room at any major mediation conference will quickly confirm that women and minorities are still significantly under represented.

Albie Davis

2015’s the 100th Anniversary of the Women at the Hague: Lessons for Today (Fall 2015)

(11/16/15)Albie Davis

If you are looking for a inspiring read, consider 'Women at The Hague: The International Congress of Women and Its Results' authored by three American women: Jane Addams, Emily Green Balch and Alice Hamilton. I have two copies. An original published November 1915 by Macmillan Company. The second is a soft-cover published in 2003 by the University of Illinois Press with an enriching preface by Professor Harriet Hyman Alonso, City College of New York.

Richard Peachey

In Many Respects, Women are People Too...

(11/09/15)Richard Peachey

Thomas Manfield offered UK employees the chance to submit some of the most disturbing things they had overheard in their workplaces. The research found that rude and insulting remarks are still very much commonplace in offices today.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Divorce Mediation: The Best Forum for Families with Special Needs Children

(10/15/15)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Families who have children with special needs constitute a significant percentage of the divorced population. Children, all children, present a mixed blessing. Some times they may help to save a marriage; other times they add to the stresses of daily living in ways that parents are not able to handle.

Katherine Graham

Labels are for Cans, Not for People

(8/14/15)Katherine Graham

Coca-Cola organised a social experiment in for their no-label campaign. While we are not supporting Coke’s products, we do feel this is a great message to share!

Andrea Schneider

Sacred DR Story–The Wise Woman of Abel of Beth-maacah

(8/14/15)Andrea Schneider

There’s a sacred ADR story in the Second Book of Samuel, which relates how the negotiating skills of a “wise woman” saved her city of Abel of Beth-maacah. 2 Samuel 20: 1-22*. A man named Sheba son of Bichri tried to incite a rebellion among the people of Israel against King David and the people of Judah.

Boroka Ganyu

Conflict and the Mediator: Peace Within – Redefining Interpersonal Conflict

(5/08/15)Boroka Ganyu

This article introduces a feminine (emotional-relational) approach to interpersonal conflict. I will redefine interpersonal conflict as a mental representation, and as a basis for defining inner peace.

Andrea Schneider

Instead of Eliminating Negotiation, How About Eliminating Backlash?

(5/01/15)Andrea Schneider

Reddit announced that they will no longer negotiate starting salaries (in order to avoid gender bias). The Program on Negotiation followed up Ellen Pao’s gambit noting three problems with her approach: (1) women aren’t the problem (it’s the backlash and societal expectations that are the problem)l; (2) negotiation isn’t a competition; and (3) forbidding negotiations could backfire (people will go elsewhere for their jobs.)

Kelly Browe Olson

Ellen Pao: Reddit has Stopped Negotiating Initial Salaries

(4/17/15)Kelly Browe Olson

The Wall Street Journal ran an interview with Ellen Pao yesterday. She discusses many things, but her quote regarding salary negotiations really hit a nerve.

Victoria Pynchon

Become a World Class Negotiator

(3/21/15)Victoria Pynchon

It's not rocket science and it's not a secondary sexual characteristic. You don't "negotiate like a man" or "like a woman." You read, you practice, you fail, you succeed, you learn.

Bill Marsh

Whisper It Quietly?

(2/06/15)Bill Marsh

This is a blog I have shied away from writing. Several times. Even now, as I do so, I am wary of it. But here goes. I’ll come right out with it.

Beth Graham

Arbitration in Evolution

(11/14/14)Beth Graham

The arbitration survey conducted by Professor Tom Stipanowich and the Straus Institute revealed current practices and trends in arbitration. This article specifically examines the demographics of the arbitrators and questions whether these demographics are the best for the business.

Michael Scott

Themes in Mediation

(11/10/14)Michael Scott

Hidden beneath the arguments of a couple in mediation there is a repeating theme. The argument is like Joseph’s coat of many colors. Each disagreement on the surface appears to be about something different, like one of the many colors on the coat. Under the coat, however, there is only Joseph, who remains mostly unchanged.

Maria Simpson

Gender and Decision-Making

(10/24/14)Maria Simpson

Men and women are pretty much equally good decision-makers when under low stress levels, but “When stressed, men are more prone to taking risky bets with little payoff.”

Cynthia Alkon

Just Don’t Ask and Get Good Karma??!!

(10/13/14)Cynthia Alkon

As many are probably aware, Microsoft’s CEO recently said that women who don’t ask for raises will enjoy “good karma.” So, his negotiation advice seems to boil down to just don’t ask and you count on the universe rewarding you in this life (or the next).

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Do Women Shy Away From Mediation?

(5/16/14)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Women believe that mediation is something like a venus fly trap. The appearance is beguiling, but the results are deadly. In mediation, couples look at the well-being of the family unit, what it will take to forge new lives. A mediator’s responsibility is to make sure that women and men have the knowledge and the know-how to make intelligent choices, that both parties understand their options and opportunities.

Andrea Schneider

ABA DR Section Survey on Gender Differences

(2/07/14)Andrea Schneider

The ABA Section on Dispute Resolution conducted a survey last year of its lawyer members and the results are in!

Beth Graham

Court-Connected Mediation and Minorities

(8/31/13)Beth Graham

After years of experimentation with the use of alternative dispute mechanisms in a variety of contexts, a new era began in 1988 when Florida and Texas became the first states to adopt legislation that authorized trial judges to order civil cases to mediation. Over the past 25 years, court-connected mediation has grown exponentially.

Regina Kim

Can Assertive Behaviors in Negotiation be Viewed as Feminine?

(8/16/13)Regina Kim

Are female negotiators penalized for asserting too much? Our experiences and past research seem to indicate yes. However, for women to be perceived as competent they must be able to act agentically (in a self-focused manner), despite the fact that studies show that agentic women are routinely penalized and seen as socially unlikable. As a result, women are less likely to engage in assertive negotiation behavior because they fear negative judgments.

Patrick Mahoney

As Marriage Equality Disputes Arise, so Does Opportunity for ADR

(7/19/13)Patrick Mahoney

Recently the United States Supreme Court issued long anticipated rulings in the first marriage cases to reach the high court – United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry. Taken together, the decisions represent a significant step in the central civil rights issue of this era – the rights and responsibilities of same-sex couples to marry.

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