John D. Willis, PhD is an expert in conflict dynamics and drivers, psychological and social; a practitioner in EEO grievances and conciliation; and, consultant to executives on conflict and ethics. John earned his PhD from the University of Chicago, with concentration on the motives and justifications of the religious wars in the 16th century. During his tenure at the Commonwealth of Kentucky 's Commission on Human Rights, he excelled in conciliations of employment and public accommodations EEO cases. He is a member of several ethics panels providing oversight and compliance for professional standards of conduct in the U.S. He is President of Leadership Ethics Online, LLC.
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Mediate.com is constantly referred by me to all kinds of people as a community on the Internet where they may explore answers for themselves, their families, their workplaces, and their organizations. It is not only because I know personally the fine people at Mediate.Com, I refer because everything offered there is healthy, positive, and constructive in intent and effect. We who are well familiar with the work of Mediate.Com perhaps take its rich resources for granted. Where else in the Internet can we turn for so many rich perspectives on so many areas of conflict made available to the public, indeed, the international community? Of course, there are thousands of sites with free information, many quite excellent. However, one of the things I love about the community of conflict resolution created by our brothers and sisters there is its egalitarian, non-elitist, democratic quality. While the Editor surely must receive many submissions of divergent quality, and some that must be rejected, Mediate.Com's content shows that the management wants to showcase thought that advances our common task of understanding, better methods, and more permanent solutions to conflict. One need not be a deeply-published academic to have sound and constructive insights offered to our readership.
Conflict Resolution Professionals and Divorce
Divorce is a painful and seemingly, but not actually, ironic experience for professionals who work in conflict management. We are knowledgeable and skilled in prevention and intervention in various conflicts and perhaps are very successful, yet often find ourselves in unhealthy marriages. Our spouses and children mockingly may say, “Physician, heal thyself.” This essay focuses on this paradox.
Financial Danger, Workplace Stress, And Organizational Empathy
Like the miners in 1902 crushed physically without medical care, some workers in 2005 fear being crushed financially without affordable healthcare.
M.E.D.I.A.T.E: Intentionally Planning Conflict Prevention
Improving relationships where we live and work often is a challenge, may be difficult, but never is impossible. No person is without power to exert some positive conflict prevention in life. Most persons either are unaware of the power they have, or lack confidence or skill in acting to make enormous positive differences. Let consider a systematic way to use the power we have to prevent conflict, without the limitations others might wish to impose on us.
Litigation as Moral Choice
There are times when litigation is necessary by reasonable standard of judgment. An individual or group of people are maimed or killed by a dangerous machine someone knew needed repair or had a faulty design. Thousands of families are deprived of loved ones who died from a carcinogenic compound a corporation knew endangered its workers.
The Iraq War and Mediation?
In the recent letter, a citizen has raised several important points regarding the war in Iraq. Noting that the U.S. essentially is fighting the war alone, without allies, this person suggested that “mediation is the only channel which will allow the U.S. to gain support with former allies and end this daily slaughter of human life.” Let’s follow the order of the elements mentioned in turn: mediation, support of former allies, and ending the war.
Self-Control and Conflict
The subject today is the role of self-control, or its absence, in conflict situations. Since this column is addressed to individuals, as well as businesses, schools, and other organizations, let us first think about personal applications.