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Patricia Porter

How And Why To Avoid Political Talk At Work

(10/21/16)Patricia Porter Are you sick of people discussing politics at work? Or are you one of those folks who can’t seem to stop talking about the candidates?
Maria Simpson

Managers Want Conflict Resolution Training

(10/21/16)Maria Simpson A recent article in Forbes (10/1/16) includes some really dismaying statistics about management communication and training. Here are three.
Ariel Belen

Diversity and Mediation

(10/21/16)Ariel Belen Imagine two parties locked in a bitter and acrimonious dispute that has gone through six years of hotly contested litigation. At issue are the ownership and control of at least a dozen commercial and residential properties valued in the tens of millions of dollars.
Nina Meierding

Looking to the Future: Is There Still A Place For Proactive, Early Intervention Mediation in Our Changing Field?

(10/17/16)Nina Meierding The author is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.
Tammy Lenski

Friction With a Colleague? Ask for a Favor

(10/07/16)Tammy Lenski When friction enters a working relationship, sometimes the best path through isn’t to talk it out. Sometimes the best path through is an indirect one — ask for a favor. Here’s how the Ben Franklin Effect works.
John Lande

Lainey Feingold's Book on Structured Negotiation

(10/03/16)John Lande I recently had a chance to talk with Lainey Feingold, the author of a great new book on negotiation, which she describes below.
Jason Dykstra

Solving the Busyness Problem

(9/09/16)Jason Dykstra Think about the last time that someone asked us how things were going? We probably responded with, “pretty good, you know…keeping pretty busy!”
Tammy Lenski

How to Navigate the “not my problem” Problem

(8/19/16)Tammy Lenski “That’s not my problem” are four of the most frustrating words to hear when you’re trying to talk through a conflict.
Lorraine Segal

Manage, Don’t Enable, Feuds at Work

(8/19/16)Lorraine Segal When disagreements at work are unresolved, one of the unfortunate outcomes can be long lasting workplace feuds.
Maria Simpson

So Much Anger to Manage!

(8/19/16)Maria Simpson Everybody seems to be angry lately, and a lot of people are writing about it.
F. Peter Phillips

New Book on Business ADR

(8/19/16)F. Peter Phillips The ABA Business Law Section has about 50 substantive committees, many of which include subcommittees addressing dispute resolution in their field. In the past several months, many members of these various entities undertook a collaborative effort to “cut across the solos.”
Phyllis Pollack

Are We Our Own Worst Enemies?

(8/12/16)Phyllis Pollack An article, from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation entitled “Salary Negotiations”, focuses on negotiating the best salary possible, some of its points are equally applicable to negotiations in general.
Jason Dykstra

When Did Asking Questions Become a Sign of Weakness?

(8/05/16)Jason Dykstra The other day I heard a story about a mom that had decided to go back to school to get her Masters Degree to further her career.
Maria Simpson

Do Organizations Bully?

(7/29/16)Maria Simpson I received an interesting update from Civility Partners last week on bullying, citing research showing that “education, government and healthcare are three industries where bullying seems to really thrive.”
Jim Melamed

Effective Conversations in American Society: Time for a National Mediation Act

(7/20/16)Jim Melamed Please join in recognizing the importance of effective conversations and mediation by supporting a National Mediation Act. This is the shift in social consciousness, American exceptionalism and American leadership that we and the world now most need.
Maria Walsh

Pregnancy Discrimination Claims Grow

(7/15/16)Maria Walsh With expanded participation of women in the workforce, there is a need to adapt the workplace to pregnant and breast-feeding workers.
Katherine Graham

Guidance on Investigating a Grievance About an Organisational Policy

(7/11/16)Katherine Graham Sometimes as part of an investigation, you have to determine whether a policy is inherently flawed or whether a manager is applying it incorrectly – intentionally or not.
Jason Dykstra

What All New Leaders Should Understand

(7/11/16)Jason Dykstra Coming into a role where you are expected to get others to work together efficiently and effectively to create the best possible product or service isn’t an easy task.
Mervyn Malamed

Systemising the Way We Manage Workplace Conflict

(7/11/16)Mervyn Malamed A good Integrated Conflict Management System covers a spectrum of dispute resolution practices from formal, to informal, and developmental.
Jeffrey Krivis

Can We Call a Truce? Ten Tips for Negotiating Workplace Conflicts

(7/06/16)Jeffrey Krivis Whether two employees are fighting or a disgruntled client is on the verge of leaving, you—yes, you—can step in and help solve the problem. Here are some tricks of the trade.
Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Business Mediation: Strengthening Partnerships for the Long Haul

(6/27/16)Dr. Lynne C. Halem Business partnerships are similar to marriages. Consider the problems encountered by these two very different partnerships.
Jason Dykstra

4 Steps to Developing a Conflict Resilient Mindset

(6/10/16)Jason Dykstra “Hey Mick, what are you doing hammering on that boulder?” To which Michelangelo responded, “There’s an angel inside and I’m trying to let it out!”
Katherine Graham

Trouble at the Top: Why CEOs Don't Use Mediation

(6/06/16)Katherine Graham The C-suite, the Board, senior management – call it what you will, those at the top of an organisation are as prone to conflict as the rest of us. But even more than the staff base, senior management are reluctant to use mediation.
Clare Fowler

3 Dastardly Disputes

(6/06/16)Clare Fowler It seems lately everyone is trying to classify disputes. Well, never let it be said that I wasn't one for jumping on the bandwagon.
Bill Eddy

Bullies At Work

(5/22/16)Bill Eddy Workplace bullying is a growing international problem. It is more than a one-time incident. It is a pattern of behavior between a bully and another worker which can demoralize, isolate and trigger illness in the target of the bully.
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