David Gage, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and founder of BMC Associates. He is the author of The Partnership Charter: How To Start Out Right with Your New Business Partnership (Or Fix the One You're In). He is a former adjunct faculty member a the Kogod School of Business at American University. BMC is a multidisciplinary team of mediators with backgrounds in law, psychology, business, and finance. The firm specializes in preventing and resolving disputes among business partners, family business owners, board members, and co-inheritors.
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Business Mediation Helps Firms Make Leadership Changes
There is no more auspicious time in the life of an engineering firm than when partnerships are forming or are in transition. These periods of flux are far more important than most people realize. Details are negotiated. Expectations get set. New relationships are established, and existing relationships are tested. Hierarchies shift. The firm's very foundation is built, rebuilt, and tested during these times.
Mediation in Estate Planning: A Strategy for Everyone’s Benefit
How much better would this world be if
we all believed that most disputes could
be avoided? Mediation is offered as a
tool to reach agreement, but the hard
work of mediating a dispute requires a
knowledgeable, experienced professional.
These authors offer observations and
strategies based on their expertise and
successes in the field.
Trustee - Beneficiary Mediation
Mediators can provide a critical service to both trustees and beneficiaries. Being independent, with no stake in the outcome, they can meet with the parties together and separately to help them focus on a search for a solution that meets the needs of all.
Mediation During Business Formation or Reorganization
What partners often leave unsaid:
By creating a written charter, partners clarify
what they expect of each other and how to operate
together. Before they run into trouble.