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News Roundup For Mediators

by Diane J. Levin

From Online Guide to Mediation

Diane J. Levin

News this week for the ADR professionalFor your reading pleasure, some links to news stories especially for mediators:

Can a surfeit of choices be too much of a good thing as far as effective decision making goes? That may just be the case, according to "Just Choose It!" from The Situationist.

They say that absolute power corrupts absolutely, but even smaller doses can be fatal. Bob Sutton offers "More Evidence that Getting a Little Power Turns You into a Self-Centered Jerk".

When you say "I'm sorry", surprisingly enough it may not matter if you don't really mean it. collision detection discusses the results of a recent study that shows that "Fake apologies are as good as sincere ones".

Finally,'s Inhouse Counsel considers "Arbitration's Costs and Dangers" and explains that "in many respects, mediation offers all the benefits of arbitration -- lower costs, faster results -- without the limitations."

(Photo by Sanja Gjenero.)


Diane Levin, J.D., is a mediator, dispute resolution trainer, negotiation coach, writer, and lawyer based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, who has instructed people from around the world in the art of talking it out. Since 1995 she has helped clients resolve disputes involving tort, employment, business, estate, family, and real property issues, and serves on numerous mediation panels, including the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Training and coaching are an enduring passion -- she has taught thousands of people to resolve conflict, negotiate better, or become mediators -- from Croatian judges to Fortune 500 executives.


A geek at heart, Levin consults on web design and social media to professionals.  She blogs about ADR at the intersection of law, science, and popular culture at the award-winning, regarded as one of the world's top ADR blogs.  She also tracks and catalogues ADR blogs world-wide at, where she has created a community for bloggers writing about constructive ways to resolve disputes.


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