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Nicole Wilmet

How COVID-19 is Impacting Court ADR Programs

(3/27/20)Nicole Wilmet

It is without a doubt an understatement to say that the coronavirus (COVID-19) global health crisis is drastically impacting communities worldwide.

Kathleen Kauth

Handling Conflict in Chaos

(3/27/20)Kathleen Kauth

Right now, we are adjusting to an entirely new set of parameters for our lives.

Joy Rosenthal

We Hear What We Want to Hear!

(3/27/20)Joy Rosenthal

"But how did you flunk the test? We studied together! I know you were prepared!”

The Business Case for Neutral Facilitation in the Days of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(3/27/20)Gary Birnberg

The old curse disguised as a blessing “may you live in interesting times” is showing its teeth in the form of pandemic in these early months of 2020.

Christopher Sheesley

Tools to Use When Peace Comes to Shove

(3/20/20)Christopher Sheesley

The infamous meeting all those months ago teetered on the brink of actual violence.

Daniel Dana

Conflict Haikus

(3/20/20)Daniel Dana

Two haiku poems composed reflecting on the values of mediation.

Phyllis Pollack

What, Me Worry?

(3/20/20)Phyllis Pollack

Being involved in a lawsuit or even just in a dispute can be stressful, worrisome if not anxiety ridden.

Arran Heal

Cope with Conflict During COVID-19

(3/20/20)Arran Heal

Workplace conflict can’t be, ignored, cancelled or put on hold. And there are suddenly all kinds of reasons for employees to feel pushed to their limit.

Nancy White

Part 2: Moving Online in Pandemic: Ecocycle to Attend to What is Shifting

(3/13/20)Nancy White

This article helps mediators, HR, and ombuds offices who are shifting their practice to online meetings.

Alex Derr

Four Reasons to Try Divorce Mediation

(3/13/20)Alex Derr

When we think about getting a divorce, most people immediately start looking for an attorney to represent them.

Yvette Durazo

March, A Month to Celebrate California Mediation Week

(3/13/20)Yvette Durazo

In 2009 the California Judicial Council adopted a standing resolution recognizing the third week of March as Mediation Week (Proclamation).

Arslan Hassan

12 Dispute Mediation Techniques for Managers

(3/06/20)Arslan Hassan

When different people work together there are high chances that there will be differences in opinion.

Kathleen Kauth

Workplace Aggression

(3/06/20)Kathleen Kauth

Have you ever worked with someone who came across as angry all the time?

Dan Simon

Transformative Community Mediation Centers Thriving

(3/06/20)Dan Simon

A handful of community and municipal mediation centers throughout the world are committed to providing mediation exclusively in the transformative model.

Laila and Tara Ollapally Interview - The Future of Mediation in India

(3/04/20)Laila Ollapally, Tara Ollapally

This is an interview with Laila and Tara Ollapally discussing the history and present state of mediation in India, and what opportunities they see over the next 10 years.

Liz Merrill

People are Idiots

(2/28/20)Liz Merrill

People are idiots, marriage is dumb, and you’re all going to end up getting divorced eventually--maybe.

Phyllis Pollack

In Negotiations, Are Women More Ethical Than Men?

(2/28/20)Phyllis Pollack

The Harvard PONS blog posted (on February 10, 2020) a thought- provoking article by Katie Shonk entitled “Moral Leadership: Do Women Negotiate More Ethically than Men?”

Janet Mueller

Parenting by Looking Away: Sometimes the Best Help Doesn’t Look like Help

(2/28/20)Janet Mueller

As a parent, it is easy to get sucked into the hovering way of being.

CPR Staff

Update on CPR’s Employment-Related Mass Claims Protocol

(2/28/20)CPR Staff

Recently, there have been reports in the news relating to the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s (CPR) Employment-Related Mass Claims Protocol (Protocol).

Cinnie Noble

Burying the Hatchet

(2/21/20)Cinnie Noble

In some research I did a few years ago, I found that the initial altercation or even a set of circumstances that started tension between many people can begin a trajectory that escalates over time (even if no external conflict occurs).

Lorraine Segal

Break & Repair vs. Preventive Maintenance in Workplace Conflict

(2/21/20)Lorraine Segal

Are you waiting until relationships are broken to deal with workplace conflict? Tip: this is not the most effective way to deal with disagreements and problems!

Kyle Bailey

Online Dispute Resolution: A Primer

(2/21/20)Kyle Bailey

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) is not a new concept and has received significant scholarly attention.

Kathleen Kauth

How Do You Handle a Pathological Liar at Work?

(2/16/20)Kathleen Kauth

Have you ever worked with someone who talked about experiences that seemed far-fetched, but you couldn't pin down what was off?

Phyllis Pollack

Watch Out for the Non-Verbal Cues!

(2/16/20)Phyllis Pollack

One of the latest blog posts from the Harvard Negotiation Project notes the importance of understanding body language in negotiations.

Vanessa Rose

Risk Factors for Workplace Interpersonal Conflict: How to Prevent it Before It Begins

(2/16/20)Vanessa Rose

Managers might scoff at the amount of time they have to put toward mitigating workplace interpersonal conflict instead of managing productivity, overseeing innovation, attending important meetings, and networking for individual or team growth.

Joy Rosenthal

Promises, Promises

(2/14/20)Joy Rosenthal

The Oscar-nominated film, Marriage Story, by Noah Baumbach, is really a divorce story. It centers on the relationships between Nicole, an actor, her husband, Charlie, a Broadway director, and their eight-year-old son, Henry.

Kathleen Kauth

What About Your Furry Friends?

(2/07/20)Kathleen Kauth

So what happens when an older adult experiences a health crisis that takes them away for a time, or becomes unable to live independently?

Nicole Wilmet

My Favorite Resource Featuring Howard Herman

(2/07/20)Nicole Wilmet

This month, I spoke with Howard Herman, Director of the ADR Program for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, to learn about his favorite ADR resource.

Daniel Weinstein

Keeping the Peace

(2/07/20)Daniel Weinstein

Judge Danny (as he prefers to be addressed) received the Peacemaker Award and took part in an inspiring conversation that highlighted his commitment to creating peace, resolving conflict and empowering others to do incredible things.

John Lande

Here’s Your Theory-of-Change Book

(2/07/20)John Lande

Your wait for the Theory-of-Change book is over.

Phyllis Pollack

Are You Listening?

(1/31/20)Phyllis Pollack

One of the first things a mediator in training is taught is to listen, really listen what the parties are saying.

Kathleen Kauth

When No One Wants to Talk...

(1/31/20)Kathleen Kauth

How do you handle talking with other family members about serious issues when they don't think anything is wrong?

John Lande

How to Calculate and Use BATNAs and Bottom Lines

(1/31/20)John Lande

Everyone talks about knowing one’s BATNA in negotiation and mediation. But that’s a lot easier said than done.

Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Minding Your Tongue: How to Recover from a Slip and Fail

(1/31/20)Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Whether it is a minor slip of the tongue or an entire foot in the mouth, either can lead to some uncomfortable moments followed by the instinct to explain what was “really meant.”

John Lande

Theory of Change Symposium – Part 5 and Coming Attractions

(1/24/20)John Lande

This jumbo-size post is the last part in the Theory of Change Symposium.

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