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Bregant, Robbenolt, and Winship – Perceptions on Settlement author.

Bregant, Robbenolt, and Winship – Perceptions on Settlement

We don’t post a lot of scholarship updates here as there are many better outlets for that, but once and...

By Art Hinshaw
Personal Transformations are Required for Corporate Transformation author.

Personal Transformations are Required for Corporate Transformation

I’m publishing this newsletter series to discuss the nuances of the four timeless topics for people and organizations: conflict, change,...

By Ralph Kilmann
Your Rearview Mirror author.

Your Rearview Mirror

My father encouraged us to be handy. He encouraged us to read the instructions and do it ourselves if we...

By Mordechai Rhine
5 Ways Custody Mediation in Ontario is Unique author.

5 Ways Custody Mediation in Ontario is Unique

In Ontario, most separating parents are able to resolve disagreements over decision-making responsibility (formerly known as custody) and parenting time...

By Ben Coltrin
Chemistry and the World of Mediation author.

Chemistry and the World of Mediation

I have been fortunate in the more than 25 years I have been mediating cases. I have met and worked...

By Donald Cripe
The Avoiding Culture in Organizations author.

The Avoiding Culture in Organizations

Many organizations seem to have a strong avoiding culture, which can best be investigated with a specific change in TKI instructions. Instead...

By Ralph Kilmann
7 Tips for Parents Talking to the Kids About Divorce or Separation author.

7 Tips for Parents Talking to the Kids About Divorce or Separation

I’ve recently been helping some parents think through how and when to talk to their children about their divorce.  Here...

By Joy Rosenthal
Beware of Email Agreements! author.

Beware of Email Agreements!

The American Bar Association published a story warning us all to be careful about settling by email. It recited the...

By Phyllis Pollack
Will You or the Conflict Be Something You’ll Laugh at Some Day? author.

Will You or the Conflict Be Something You’ll Laugh at Some Day?

It’s somewhat counterintuitive to think and say we actually laugh at our interpersonal disputes! But, in my work as a...

By Cinnie Noble
Perhaps the Eyewitness is Correct! author.

Perhaps the Eyewitness is Correct!

In various blogs throughout the years, I have discussed the unreliability of eyewitness testimony and of misidentification. However, an article...

By Phyllis Pollack
What Are the Benefits of Mediation When Getting a Divorce? author.

What Are the Benefits of Mediation When Getting a Divorce?

by Alice Garcia Divorces tend to be difficult and costly. In complicated situations, mediation can be an alternative that reduces...

By Alice Garcia
Privileged Remarks author.

Privileged Remarks

Nondisparagement clauses are commonly used in settlement agreements. Some clauses are simple one-liners such as “The parties agree not to...

By Michael Diliberto
Reducing Litigation Costs in Noncompete Litigation: Former Employer’s Perspective (Part 1 of 2) author.

Reducing Litigation Costs in Noncompete Litigation: Former Employer’s Perspective (Part 1 of 2)

By GARY FOWLER, ESQ. JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator Tightening labor markets and high demand for key employees increase pressure on...

By Gary Fowler
Invisible Rules and Conflict author.

Invisible Rules and Conflict

Invisible rules can lead to conflict. Are you unconsciously expecting other people to automatically follow your invisible rules? If so, you may...

By Lorraine Segal
The Known and the Unknown author.

The Known and the Unknown

At a February 12, 2002, news briefing, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld explained the limitations of intelligence reports: “There are...

By Phyllis Pollack
Parenthood Changed My Conflict Style author.

Parenthood Changed My Conflict Style

Part One in a three-part series applying insights from conflict styles to parent-child relationships.  By Laura Bowles, coach and mediator,...

By Laura Bowles
Values in Mediation author.

Values in Mediation

Values are a set of beliefs we hold onto and fall back on whenever we speak or act. They are...

By Lauren Kominkiewicz
[PODCAST] Demystifying Mediation Myths in the Construction Industry author.

[PODCAST] Demystifying Mediation Myths in the Construction Industry

In this podcast, JAMS neutrals Patricia Thompson and Bruce Edwards leverage their alternative dispute resolution (ADR) experience within the construction...

By Bruce Edwards, Patricia Thompson
Know Your Worth author.

Know Your Worth

“Know your worth. You must find the courage to leave the table if respect is no longer being served.” Tene Edwards...

By Cinnie Noble
Survival Tips for Cohabitating During Divorce author.

Survival Tips for Cohabitating During Divorce

Survival Tips for Cohabitating During Divorce When a couple is faced with separation, one of the most challenging decisions is...

By Marian Grande
Mastering Moments as Mediators author.

Mastering Moments as Mediators

“I master the moment, or the moment will master me.” ~ Gandhi  Maroon lockers line the high school hallways. I...

By Clare Fowler
The Last Question author.

The Last Question

I do a lot of interviewing, whether that’s at the beginning of a coaching relationship or during the interview process of...

By Maria Simpson
An Apology: Was It Really? author.

An Apology: Was It Really?

The Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 27, 2022, was more than just entertaining: it provided an important lesson on...

By Phyllis Pollack
Guest Author: Stefano Pavletic on Lessons Ukraine Teaches About Neutrality author.

Guest Author: Stefano Pavletic on Lessons Ukraine Teaches About Neutrality

A strange idea of neutrality It is well known that “third party status” of the mediator with respect to the...

By F. Peter Phillips
Did Will Smith Have an Amygdala Hijack? author.

Did Will Smith Have an Amygdala Hijack?

That is what psychologist Daniel Goleman has described as the fight or flight response.  The amygdala, a tiny almond shaped...

By Joy Rosenthal
A Lesson Learned! author.

A Lesson Learned!

Last week, I conducted a lemon law mediation which highlighted a very valuable lesson. People need to be heard, acknowledged,...

By Phyllis Pollack
Smith. Rock. Slap. Play safe, in conflict. author.

Smith. Rock. Slap. Play safe, in conflict.

Australia in the 1980s raised awareness of the importance of sun protection through a campaign of Slip, Slop, Slap -...

By Clare Fowler
Negotiation 101: What Parties Should Know About Negotiations at the Mediation Table author.

Negotiation 101: What Parties Should Know About Negotiations at the Mediation Table

INTRODUCTION For many, especially those new to the process of settling legal disputes, negotiations across the mediation table are like...

By Sheldon Stark
Four Tips from my Difficult Discussion with Dad about Driving author.

Four Tips from my Difficult Discussion with Dad about Driving

I was recently nominated by my brothers to tell my 90-year-old father that it was time to stop driving. The...

By Janet Chance
Organizational or Interpersonal Conflict? author.

Organizational or Interpersonal Conflict?

If there’s a disagreement at work, what difference does it make whether it’s organizational or interpersonal? And what’s the difference...

By Maria Simpson

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