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Jim W Hildreth

Mediation and Yoga

(7/22/16)Jim W Hildreth This post describes another tool that mediators can add tot heir toolbag.
John Paul Lederach

How Does Humanity Unite?

(7/22/16)John Paul Lederach A blog series from Dr. John Paul Lederach, Humanity United Senior Fellow, exploring the challenges of social fragmentation and conflict with a focus on reconciliation, social healing, and human flourishing.
Charlie Young

Self-Reflection Following A Mediation

(7/22/16)Charlie Young This article provides a self-reflection checklist for mediators to consider following a mediation.
Beth Graham

Are Rules Allowing Arbitral Sanctions a Mirage?

(7/22/16)Beth Graham In his publication, “Are Rules Allowing Arbitral Sanctions a Mirage?,” Mr. Morrow discusses whether an arbitrator may use permissive procedures to impose sanctions beyond those currently available by judicial decree.
Tammy Lenski

How to Confront Someone Without Being Confrontational

(7/22/16)Tammy Lenski Being confrontational will usually do you more harm then help. Here’s a mediator’s tip for how to confront someone and raise an issue for discussion without being aggressive or argumentative.
Eric Slepak

Tough Love

(7/22/16)Eric Slepak A recent study out of Columbia University suggests that nice mediators finish last.
Jeff Thompson

Hostage Negotiations: There are no simple answers, just harsh dilemmas

(7/15/16)Jeff Thompson Canada does not pay ransom to terrorist kidnappers. It only feeds their appetites. The best way to fight this wave of violence is to say no.
Beth Graham

Dallas COA Compels Arbitration in Injured Nurse’s Lawsuit Against Former Employer

(7/15/16)Beth Graham Texas’ Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas has ordered an injured nurse’s lawsuit filed against his former employer to arbitration.
Dan Simon

Mediation Center Director Re-Inspired by the Transformative Approach

(7/15/16)Dan Simon Our intent in a recent training was to provide new mediators training in parenting plan mediation, we received so much more. Over the course of the weekend, I found myself reexamining some of my beliefs about mediation practice.
Jan Frankel Schau

A Funny Thing Happens when People Talk to One Another in Mediation

(7/15/16)Jan Frankel Schau This was an interesting week. I mediated three contentious, litigated matters. I did something a bit out of the ordinary for that phase of the mediation . . .
Phyllis Pollack

It Ain’t Easy To Say “I am Sorry”

(7/15/16)Phyllis Pollack There are right ways and wrong ways to say “I am sorry”. Most of us have figured out the wrong ways… by accident.
Joe Markowitz

Fear

(7/15/16)Joe Markowitz Someone renting the house across the street from us has been blasting loud music very late at night, and I've been wondering how to deal with it.
Jason Dykstra

What All New Leaders Should Understand

(7/11/16)Jason Dykstra Coming into a role where you are expected to get others to work together efficiently and effectively to create the best possible product or service isn’t an easy task.
Katherine Graham

Guidance on Investigating a Grievance About an Organisational Policy

(7/11/16)Katherine Graham Sometimes as part of an investigation, you have to determine whether a policy is inherently flawed or whether a manager is applying it incorrectly – intentionally or not.
F. Peter Phillips

“Procedural” Apology

(7/11/16)F. Peter Phillips Richard Nixon was responsible for many teaching moments. One of my favorites is the advance in American appreciation of the difference between the passive voice (“Mistakes were made”) and the active voice (“I made mistakes”).
Tammy Lenski

Dealing with Difficult Behaviors

(7/11/16)Tammy Lenski One of my summer 2016 projects is sorting past articles by conflict resolution skill. I’ve just completed the next on the list: Dealing with difficult behaviors.
John Lande

Will Gretchen Carlson's Case Against Roger Ailes Go Through the Courts Because of Sloppy Drafting?

(7/11/16)John Lande You may have heard about the lawsuit that Gretchen Carlson filed against Roger Ailes.
Lou Marlin

Selecting a Neutral at Case Inception

(7/01/16)Lou Marlin Every attorney who works as a litigator knows that litigation is a stressful and often frustrating exercise.
Dan Simon

6 Reasons Name-Calling Can be a Healthy Part of Mediation

(7/01/16)Dan Simon In some circles, name-calling is considered to be counterproductive in a mediation session.
Beth Graham

Fifth Circuit Affirms $1.45 Million Arbitration Award in Legal Fees Dispute

(7/01/16)Beth Graham Last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld an arbitrator’s decision awarding a Texas-based law firm $1.45 in unpaid legal and expert witness fees.
Tammy Lenski

Just How Important is Non-verbal Communication?

(7/01/16)Tammy Lenski For decades, non-verbal communication has been lauded as an important part of establishing connection and understanding with others. Now a new study suggests non-verbals aren’t as key as we think.
Katherine Graham

After the Referendum, Has ‘Reasonable Behaviour’ Changed?

(7/01/16)Katherine Graham So one measure of assessment in a grievance or disciplinary investigation is whether the behaviour fell below the standards of the ‘ordinary reasonable person’ in the same situation – the famous ‘man on the Clapham Omnibus’.
Maria Simpson

Orlando and Radicalization

(6/27/16)Maria Simpson As a former member of the IRA, and one who admits to violence, Sean O'Callaghan has clearer insights into this concept than a lot of commentators and psychologists who have not gone through this process and, more importantly, rejected it. His comments, made after the violence in France, are equally applicable to Orlando.
F. Peter Phillips

David Hoffman Inspires Us Again

(6/27/16)F. Peter Phillips David Hoffman‘s capacity to lead by inspiration is unparalleled. When you attend a program or lecture by David, you feel as if he’s talking to you over a table, sharing stuff that matters to him in the hope that it will matter to you, too.
Richard Peachey

Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator

(6/27/16)Richard Peachey Behind closed doors, in more than 500 locations across England and Wales, a network of National Family Mediation (NFM) services are meeting separated couples attempting to resolve their disputes over money, children and property – without a courtroom battle.
Tammy Lenski

My Strategy for Dealing with Difficult People

(6/27/16)Tammy Lenski How to deal with difficult people? It’s one of the most frequent questions I’m asked.
Larry Susskind

Teaching Negotiation Online: What Happens when you Adopt a UX (User Experience Design) Orientation?

(6/27/16)Larry Susskind I taught an online negotiation course for the first time this spring.
Phyllis Pollack

To Leave or To Remain?

(6/27/16)Phyllis Pollack Brexit: should Britain remain within the European Union or leave? The proponents on both sides have been quite strong in their respective positions accusing each other of exaggeration, if not misrepresentation.
Jason Dykstra

4 Steps to Developing a Conflict Resilient Mindset

(6/10/16)Jason Dykstra “Hey Mick, what are you doing hammering on that boulder?” To which Michelangelo responded, “There’s an angel inside and I’m trying to let it out!”
Phyllis Pollack

The California Law Revision Commission’s Latest Decisions Re: Mediation Confidentiality

(6/10/16)Phyllis Pollack On June 1, 2016, the California Law Revision Commission (CLRC) held its meeting in Sacramento and, as in the past, took up mediation confidentiality as the last item on its agenda.
Ian MacDuff

The Mediator as Tourist

(6/10/16)Ian MacDuff I’ve just returned from a week in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and that week away gives me both a [slight] excuse for a late blog entry and a couple of reflections on the outsider/observer role of both mediator and tourist.
Patricia Porter

You Thought Your Marriage Was Miserable- Wait Till You Get To Court…

(6/10/16)Patricia Porter The breakup of a marriage almost always involves some level of conflict between spouses, but the process of litigation during divorce ratchets that conflict up to a level of devastation for all members of the immediate and even extended family.
Maria Simpson

4 Reasons to Call a Neutral Third Party

(6/06/16)Maria Simpson Even though it is vital to know conflict resolution skills yourself, it’s also vital to know when to call a third party for help.
Jason Dykstra

Carrying the Pain: A Mediator's Journey

(6/06/16)Jason Dykstra I tried to figure out an answer for the client. Then went home and withdrew into myself.
Ronald S. Kraybill

How Do You Call to the Deep?

(6/06/16)Ronald S. Kraybill By adopting practices of interaction largely stripped of symbols and moments to engage Depth, we cut ourselves off from the most powerful source of energy for creativity, connection, and change available to us.
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