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This article discusses dispute system design criteria for the kind of institution that Mr. Zuckerberg suggested.
A lack of attention to investigating an accusation of assault has cost King’s College NHS Foundation Trust a reported £1 million payout.
When you can’t agree even with your best effort, having fallback criteria can break the agreement logjam and allow you get on with other things.
(12/14/18)Ronald S. Kraybill
Trainers considering use of Style Matters as a conflict style inventory should be aware of two other options as well, the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument and the Hammer Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory.
Many lawyers are frustrated with their actual clients at times and are tempted to tell them the same thing – and sometimes do.
Having taught mediation skills for over twenty-five years and, more recently, having developed an online mediation training curriculum, it’s only natural that I stand as a zealous proponent of mediation training.
Michael A. Guidry is the founder of Guidry Group, a security services company, dealing in kidnapping and ransom.
One great benefit of evaluating eight programs with different approaches to resolving the same cases is that it allowed me to uncover program design factors and other variables that promote program success.
Chaos? A mediation out of control? A weak mediator? I don’t think so.
Since the 1300s the adjective heavy – referring to the heart – has been used in the sense of “weighed down with grief or sadness”.
The theme of the session was that while being intelligent is good, it is also very important to have emotional intelligence; the ability to tap into the emotions of others, or to read people.
This new evaluation looks at four-plus years of data across eight different programs to provide a comprehensive analysis of foreclosure mediation in Illinois, and to highlight how differences in program models impacted outcomes.
In conflict: do you keep the heat on or stir the pot?
Had we known about the other person’s perspective and experience about us things may not have gone on so far and become as difficult.
I finally found the right phrase to describe what city planning is, and what city planners do. Planners provide ideas, analyses and organized settings in which governance (i.e. collaborative problem-solving) can take place.
Thanksgiving was a few days ago, and I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Turkey Day!
The Einstellung Effect is a cognitive trap that prevents us from seeing better or simpler solutions to problems we’re trying to solve. Here’s how to recognize it and reduce its effect.
How can well run meetings reduce conflict and promote harmony at work?
It often seems that we carry a heaviness in ourselves – our hearts, our heads, our whole beings – when we are in conflict with another person.
Now entering our 24th year, Mediate.com is recognized as a Top Law Firm Directory.
In his thought-provoking new book, Politics, Dialogue and the Evolution of Democracy the legendary Ken Cloke reflects on an exchange between two distinguished American authors, Lawrence Susskind and Bernie Mayer, reflected upon here.
Whether it’s gossip, harassment, or time-sucking interruptions we have all encountered challenging behaviors in the workplace. Have you ever wished you knew what to do when they happened?
Privacy is an important element of mediation--this article helps to define it.
You hope to never negotiate or engage a subject with anti-social personality disorder but if you do, you better know about their common traits and symptoms.
Over the years, many people have told me that they sometimes use the “carrot and stick” approach as a negotiation tactic.
I’d wager we’ve all had a friend or family member share one of their new creations with us (maybe a poem, or an article, or a intending-to-be-funny youtube video) and ask, excitedly, “What do you think?”
It’s only recently that I heard the term “denialism”.
The power of trying often gets a bad rap in today’s culture.
(11/01/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian
Emotional due process. What is that, exactly?
I thought that teaching the Kavanaugh hearings in a careful and respectful manner a few weeks ago would be the biggest teaching challenge of the semester. I was wrong.
(10/26/18)Michelle Brenner, Julie Brams
It does seem, as we move comfortably into the 21st century, that the earth and the inhabitants within are in constant process of adaption.
I travel all the time for my job--and part of the traveling experience is vulnerability.
(10/26/18)F. Peter Phillips
It’s not often that an excellent court simply misconstrues — or worse ignores — relevant state statutes and superseding federal law.
Over the past year, we have witnessed growing evidence of the massive failures of our legal system to deal properly with a rampant system in which powerful men sexually dominate others, especially women.
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All mediators understand that we’re supposed to be impartial. Our ideas about what that means fall on a continuum.