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Conflict: The Unexpected Gift - Video

(4/15/17)Jack Hamilton, Elisabeth Seaman

This is an interview of my business partner, Jack Hamilton and me, about mediation, conflict resolution and our book, Conflict - The Unexpected Gift.

Tammy Lenski

Can Your Beliefs About Someone Alter Their Behavior?

(4/14/17)Tammy Lenski

If you believe someone is aggressive, could they behave more aggressively with you than with others?

Alan Sharland

Bullying in the Workplace: How to Respond Effectively

(4/14/17)Alan Sharland

This article explores the concept of bullying in the workplace and how to respond to it more effectively.

Jason Dykstra

The Best Ten Minutes You'll Spend All Day

(4/14/17)Jason Dykstra

It was the breakthrough that we had been looking for. A new tool? No, it was a question that had allowed the person to reflect.

Mervyn Malamed

Email and Text Messaging: A Greater Source of Conflict Than We Realize

(4/14/17)Mervyn Malamed

Disputes can often be sourced to a highly flammable communication medium.

Steve Vondran

Vondran Tips for Mediation Success - Video

(4/09/17)Steve Vondran

Mediation provides parties (Plaintiff and a Defendant) with an excellent chance to settle their case. But you do not want to blow it and you want to make sure you are properly prepared to handle the case.

Dan Simon

Social Networking Ain’t Transformative Mediation

(3/03/17)Dan Simon

Those people [who share your political perspective] are vile and despicable and should be ashamed of themselves!

Wayne Brazil

The Merits of Early Neutral Evaluation

(3/03/17)Wayne Brazil

I am a professional mediator – and a passionate devotee of its virtues. Mediation, however, can take many forms, depending on the individual needs of a particular dispute or its parties.

Wayne Plenert

A Transformative Parenting Mediation Model

(3/03/17)Wayne Plenert

The key to successful parenting mediation is using a model that works for the parents and provides a parenting model that starts with a truce, then works towards mid and long term parenting goals.

Camaron Thomas

What I Learned from Studying Neuroscience about the Future of Mediation

(1/20/17)Camaron Thomas

Individual differences matter. To be of value, mediation has to draw on these differences to elicit how the parties make sense.

Steven Goldman

Mediating With Advocates

(1/06/17)Steven Goldman

Isn’t it reassuring knowing you have someone in your corner to advocate for you?

Joe Markowitz

Family Business Disputes

(1/03/17)Joe Markowitz

Problems that arise in running a family business sometimes manifest themselves as legal claims.

Dan Simon

Same Transaction, Different Interaction

(12/23/16)Dan Simon

Different interactions can cause you to become interested in transactions that you previously were not interested in.

Charlie Irvine

Mediation and Research

(12/19/16)Charlie Irvine

Does mediation do any good? Does it make the world a better place?

John Lande

Building Common Ground Between Bubbles - Part 3 of 4

(12/18/16)John Lande

People should first try to understand others, especially those with whom we disagree – perhaps disagreeing quite strongly.

Ken Blanchard

Servant Leadership Sets People Up For Success All Year Long

(12/09/16)Ken Blanchard

This is a diagnosis for workplace mediators to include in their trainings.

Alberto Elisavetsky

Seis Claves de un Mediador Para ser Feliz… o al Menos Intentarlo

(12/02/16)Alberto Elisavetsky

La felicidad se construye con actos en el día a día que te hará ser consciente de que transitas junto a ella.

Dan Simon

Strength and Responsiveness in the Time of Trump

(12/02/16)Dan Simon

Transformative theory acknowledges people’s propensity to fall into a vicious cycle of feeling threatened, losing compassion for each other, and then behaving in ways that perpetuate or worsen those experiences.

Sam Imperati

Ironically, Bush and Folger are Evaluative

(11/21/16)Sam Imperati

There is room in our field for a broad spectrum of mediation approaches. We should celebrate innovation and a greater diversity, rather than disparage the methods of others. This article rebuts Bush and Folger’s article: "Reclaiming Mediation’s Future: Getting Over the Intoxication of Expertise, Re-Focusing on Party Self-Determination."

Michelle Brenner

The Power of Context

(11/17/16)Michelle Brenner

The key to cross cultural communication in mediation, is tuning into the dynamic of directional awareness.

Art Hinshaw

Schmitz on Student Loans, Arbitrations, and Class Waivers

(11/11/16)Art Hinshaw

The new Department of Education rules include significant provisions restricting school arbitration agreements.

Bernard Mayer

The Future of Mediation: Be Less Certain—and More Flexible

(10/24/16)Bernard Mayer

The challenge we face is how to be adaptable, but still focused and effective. To meet this challenge, we need to remain clear about our fundamental purpose, to keep working on refining our skills and enhancing the range of approaches we can take to achieving those purposes, to commit to diversifying our field, and to maintain a clear hold on our values and ethical principles.

Jan Frankel Schau

What does Faith have to do with Mediation?

(10/14/16)Jan Frankel Schau

During the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish people declare that “The Book of Life” is still open.

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.

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.

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