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Phyllis Pollack

I Like You!

(2/02/18)Phyllis Pollack

Lawsuits are products.

Joe Markowitz

Three Quotations from Lincoln on Conflict Resolution

(2/02/18)Joe Markowitz

It’s ironic that the president who led us through by most measures our most destructive war had some of the most profound things to say about peace-making.

Cinnie Noble

Preparing to "Be" in Conflict

(1/26/18)Cinnie Noble

There are times we know we will encounter pushback, defensiveness, offensiveness and other negative reactions to issues we want to raise with another person.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Is an Adversarial Process Our Best and Highest Good? The Case for Early Mediation

(1/19/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian

Disputes are a part of life. On all levels, in most relationships, we disagree about things.

Bruce Edwards

Making Peace Our Business

(1/19/18)Bruce Edwards

How can we as uniquely qualified and successful commercial mediators find ways to apply our mediation skills to address broader societal conflicts?

Cinnie Noble

When the Day is Done

(1/12/18)Cinnie Noble

When you consider what is most important to you about the conflict and the other person, what is the optimum way of proceeding, do you think?

Larry Susskind

Three Surprising Leadership Skills

(1/12/18)Larry Susskind

MIT is looking ahead, trying to figure out what skills the next generation of scientists, engineers, applied social scientists, designers and managers will need.

Tammy Lenski

The Picasso Trick for Better Problem Solving

(1/12/18)Tammy Lenski

When we become too wedded to our own solutions, conflict resolution conversations can get pretty stuck.

Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Family Counseling to Resolve Conflict?

(1/12/18)Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

If you are a member of a family, whether it is as father, mother, child, sibling or an extended member, there will be conflict.

John Sturrock

On the Road to Solutions that Work for All

(1/05/18)John Sturrock

The idea of our bus tour was to engage local communities in conversations about what was important to them in their area and explore how effective dialogue can aid problem-solving, help resolve contentious issues and reduce conflict.

Shirli Kirschner

Children and ADR

(1/05/18)Shirli Kirschner

Children are involved in ADR processes in five main contexts.

John Lande

Confusing Dispute Resolution Jargon

(1/05/18)John Lande

In response to my question, “Do you use “BATNA” wrong?,” I plead guilty, with an explanation.

Cinnie Noble

Conflict Resolutions for 2018!

(1/05/18)Cinnie Noble

Oh my goodness, another year has passed and I would like to wish you all the very best for 2018. May it be a peaceful, loving and joyful one for you and yours!

Cinnie Noble

I Would Never ...

(12/22/17)Cinnie Noble

The other day a coaching client told me that she became angry at a man she works with who criticized how she managed a situation.

Tammy Lenski

When it Seems Trivial, Pay Close Attention

(12/22/17)Tammy Lenski

When you’re tempted to dismiss someone’s concerns as trivial, or roll your eyes at the things people find to fight over, it’s time to sit up straight and pay attention.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Family Business Succession: The Joys and Challenges

(12/15/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian

Family business succession can be joyous when there is a succession plan. But when there’s no plan in place, it can be anything but joyous.

Dan Simon

Mind Mapping and the Transformative Framework

(12/08/17)Dan Simon

Guest blogger, Kees van Eijk, supports human interaction in this article by mapping thoughts, ideas, and emotions. He is a registered mediator and team facilitator working in the Netherlands.

Kevin McDonnell

Embracing ADR

(12/08/17)Kevin McDonnell

In recent years, large companies have embraced arbitration as their preferred method of dispute resolution, particularly in international disputes with suppliers, customers and business partners.

Patricia Porter

Take Five! – How Adults Can Benefit From A Time Out

(12/01/17)Patricia Porter

The logic behind the time-out method is that if you remove the child from a fun surrounding when they do something wrong, then it will eliminate that behavior.

Barbara Allen

Attention Mediators in the State of Texas: Mandatory Training Required for Family Neutrals by January 2018

(12/01/17)Barbara Allen

To be qualified to serve as an impartial third party under Subchapter C, Chapter 154 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code, additional training is required of Family Mediators and other third party neutrals on or before January 1, 2018.

Cinnie Noble

Argue For Your Limitations

(11/27/17)Cinnie Noble

There’s a quote I really like by Richard Bach. It reads: “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.”

Tammy Lenski

4 Quick Techniques to Help You Think Straight in an Argument

(11/27/17)Tammy Lenski

When we feel overwhelmed by a difficult conversation, we can get emotionally swamped and lose access to our good conflict resolution, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Larry Susskind

Universities are Underinvesting in Efforts to Improve the Quality of Teaching

(11/17/17)Larry Susskind

Given that universities have only two primary tasks -- teaching and research – they ought to be willing to invest as much in improving the quality of their teaching as they do in providing an elaborate infrastructure to support basic and applied research.

Tammy Lenski

The Question That Brings Hamster Wheel Debates to a Standstill

(11/10/17)Tammy Lenski

Some debates, arguments, and bickering go on and on, without leading anywhere (except to more frustration).

Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

Family Counseling to Resolve Conflict?

(10/23/17)Jacqueline Burnett-Brown

If you are a member of a family, whether it is as father, mother, child, sibling or an extended member, there will be conflict.

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