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Todd Jarvis

Spirit of Dialogue - Book Review

(9/06/17)Todd Jarvis, Aaron Wolf

This is a book review by Todd Jarvis of The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict by Aaron Wolf.

Michael Lang

Why Case Consultation/Reflective Practice Groups Matter for Mediators

(8/18/17)Michael Lang, Rochelle Arms

While mention of reflective practice in the field of mediation has grown in recent years, its use is still not standardized in the work of most mediators.

Dan Simon

Why Don’t Transformative Mediations Get Violent?

(8/11/17)Dan Simon

“It’s important to set ground rules at the start of a mediation, and then you can remind the parties of those rules if they get off track later,” said a trainee in one of my mediation courses.

Aldo Civico

Master the 7 Steps to Conflict Transformation

(8/11/17)Aldo Civico

Whenever I ask participants in my workshops what words they associate with conflict, they come up with expressions that have most of the time a negative quality. They associate conflict with fear, anxiety, frustration, sadness, loneliness, anger, etc. But it doesn’t have to be like that.

Steven Goldman

Formula for Success

(8/03/17)Steven Goldman

This article deals with a formula for success in mediating and fostering positive interactions and outcomes: C + S + T – AR = SI, collaboration, plus synergy, plus teamwork, minus adversarial relationships, equals successful interactions.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

If You Want Your “Day in Court”, Don’t Go to Court

(7/28/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian

“I want my day in court.” This is one of the most frequent desires and sentiments expressed by a new client in our initial conversation about their legal dispute.

Conflict: The Unexpected Gift - Video

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

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."

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