Once in awhile, we all need to take a break from our day jobs to tend to our life’s real work. For me, last week’s Commencement from Columbia University, and this euphoric image of our youngest son becoming a College Graduate have fulfilled my life’s true purpose. The insight for mediation and client’s of mediation? Have some perspective. Most of the time the business disputes and litigation we’re engaged in pales by comparison to what’s really important in life: the health, success and dreams of our children. The Commencement speaker, President Bollinger, spoke of “The Butterfly Effect” and how butterflies flapping their wings independently can affect the environment worldwide. These young graduates, acting in their own communities, countries, businesses and professions, will undoubtedly change the world in which all of us live. I’m proud to have raised three responsible, college educated, decent, smart adults. I’m trusting them to make my world a better place. Judging from the past 27 years, I have complete faith and confidence that they’ll do a great job at it!
Whereas the purpose of mediation is, by way of a meeting between the parties to a dispute, to create between them a discussion, to recreate the conditions for a dialogue...By Brussels Business Mediation Center