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Sarah Ater

Time-bound Mediation: Good or Bad

(7/19/19)Sarah Ater

The article questions whether allocating a specific amount of time for mediation sessions or limiting the entire period within which to complete the mediation process is a good or bad thing.

Jeremy Pollack

Best Conditions for Workplace Conflict Resolution: When Can it Work?

(7/19/19)Jeremy Pollack

In workplace conflict resolution, just as in any peacebuilding effort, much of the success lies in the parties’ motivation to resolve the dispute.

Lorraine Segal

Follow the Platinum Rule in Diverse Workplaces

(7/19/19)Lorraine Segal

The Platinum Rule is better than the Golden Rule at work, because not everyone is the same.

Cinnie Noble

Wrong Side of the Bed

(7/19/19)Cinnie Noble

Sometimes I wake up in a cranky mood-am I the only one?

John Lande

We Have to Love More, Hate Less. We Got to Listen More and Talk Less.

(7/12/19)John Lande

A quick thought on what we can learn from women's soccer.

Beth Graham

SCOTX Grants Petition For Review Over Local Government Arbitration Question

(7/12/19)Beth Graham

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Texas agreed to consider whether the San Antonio River Authority must arbitrate a dispute related to the costs associated with a $10 million dam project.

Joy Rosenthal

What Happens in the Mediation Room?

(7/12/19)Joy Rosenthal

I ask both parties to come in for an introductory meeting when they inquire about divorce mediation.

Cinnie Noble

At the End of Our Rope

(7/05/19)Cinnie Noble

There are times we become so frustrated with a conflict that we feel spent – that the dynamic and its resolution are insurmountable.

Tammy Lenski

A Way to Turn Anger Into Curiosity

(7/05/19)Tammy Lenski

Only people we love and care deeply about can make us so angry we want to blow a gasket, says famed Star Trek actor George Takei.

Greg Bond

We Can Work It Out / You Can’t Always Get What You Want

(7/05/19)Greg Bond

This article looks at musical greats and what their lyrics can teach us about mediation.

Phyllis Pollack

The Slippery Slope of Negotiations!

(7/05/19)Phyllis Pollack

This looks at a PON article which discusses four reasons why a negotiator might proceed down the slippery slope of an ethical lapse.

Sarah Ater

Mediation and Sitting Protocol

(6/28/19)Sarah Ater

This article explains how the sitting arrangement can help improve the mediation process or cause unease in the parties. It is drawn from the mediator’s experience and illustrates how sitting helps parties gain confidence in the mediator and become more comfortable with each other in their discussions.

Phyllis Pollack

May I Talk to the Other Party ?

(6/28/19)Phyllis Pollack

I have said this before and will say it again: talking to the other party does wonders.

John Lande

Letting Go and Forgiving

(6/28/19)John Lande

The New York Times “smarter living” column has an interesting piece about letting go of grudges and forgiving others.

Mark Kantor

US Sup Ct Grants Review to Decide Whether New York Convention Permits Non-Signatory to Compel International Arbitration on Equitable Estoppel Grounds

(6/28/19)Mark Kantor

The dispute addresses whether, under the New York Convention, a non-signatory can compel arbitration.

Alfred Ramos

Mediating Custody in Highly Contested Divorce Cases

(6/27/19)Alfred Ramos

Child custody is often the most contentious aspect of divorce proceedings.

Leyla Balakhane

How Forgiveness Benefits You After The Divorce

(6/24/19)Leyla Balakhane

Everyone wants to be right, but oftentimes, holding onto one’s pride tears the relationship apart.

Denise French

My Divorce is Over… Now What?

(6/24/19)Denise French

Whether your divorce was a high conflict or fairly co-operative experience, you will cross the finish line and look up at some point wondering what the next step is.

Ann Cerney

3 Things To Try If You Think Your Spouse Is Contemplating Divorce

(6/24/19)Ann Cerney

How are we supposed to know, 100%, that our marriage, or significant relationship, is secure?

Phyllis Pollack

Starting With the Small Stuff

(6/24/19)Phyllis Pollack

In my early training to be a mediator, the trainer often suggested that to help the parties reach an agreement on the really big issues, start with the small ones.

Jeremy Pollack

Best Conditions for Workplace Conflict Resolution: When Can it Work?

(6/14/19)Jeremy Pollack

In workplace conflict resolution, just as in any peacebuilding effort, much of the success lies in the parties’ motivation to resolve the dispute.

Melissa Adkins

Reclaiming Who You Are Post-Divorce

(6/14/19)Melissa Adkins

It took me a long time to accept that the only thing worse than my fear of my own emptiness, was the emptiness of my bottomed-out relationship with my husband of nearly 12 years.

Arran Heal

Can't Employers Live Without Gagging Orders?

(6/14/19)Arran Heal

Employers’ use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) is destroying lives, says Maria Miller MP.

Cinnie Noble

“Being” in Conflict

(6/14/19)Cinnie Noble

In response to a questions about what compelled me to create a conflict management coaching model, I explained that in my work as a workplace mediator it became evident that many leaders do not know how to “be” in conflict.

Denise French

Divorce Done Differently!

(6/06/19)Denise French

As soon as you begin to contemplate divorce, the nauseating, panic-attack-inducing realization of losing half of your net worth kicks in and you find yourself wondering if it’s even worth it to consider leaving if you’re just going to end up broke and starving.

Leyla Balakhane

How to Explain Divorce to Your Children

(6/06/19)Leyla Balakhane

When creating a plan in which you will explain your divorce, it is best to keep certain guidelines in mind.

Joy Rosenthal

Hold Your Grudges!

(6/06/19)Joy Rosenthal

Are grudges useful in negotiation?

Bill Marsh

Don’t Sit On Your Ass[ets] – Part 2: The Arguments

(6/06/19)Bill Marsh

This article is on using your assets well in a mediation.

Sylvia Smith

How Meditation Can Help During Mediation

(5/31/19)Sylvia Smith

If you're going through a divorce or a rough business settlement, it's safe to say your life has been stressful lately.

John Lande

Planning for Good Quality Decision-Making in Mediation Using PETSM

(5/31/19)John Lande

The current commercial mediation model handed down over the past 30 years is working just fine for lawyers and mediators (not to mention the court system).

Phyllis Pollack

Mediating My Own Disputes

(5/31/19)Phyllis Pollack

There is an adage that a person who is her own lawyer, has a fool for a client, meaning that representing yourself is a foolish.

Melissa Marzett

What Do Mediators Do?

(5/30/19)Melissa Marzett

If mediation were limited to only commercial transaction, these would be the functions of a mediator.

Meredith Richardson

Four Tips to Navigate a Difficult Conversation at Work

(5/23/19)Meredith Richardson

Although you can’t control the outcome of a difficult conversation or meeting at work, you can take inner action to support an effective conversation and a good outcome.

Cinnie Noble

The “Do Nots” of Conflict

(5/23/19)Cinnie Noble

There are a lot of things NOT to say or do when in conflict with someone else if we are wanting to resolve or mend things.

Matt Giblin

Ever Wondered What it's Like to Train as a Mediator?

(5/23/19)Matt Giblin

Are you looking to carry out workplace mediations? Not sure what the training would involve?

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