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Have you heard of the 80/20 Rule? The theory is that 80% of consequences are a direct result of 20% of causes.
When my sister had just been born, my mother boarded a crowded war time train with my sister in her arms, then turnd and handed the baby to a trusting stranger.
Over the years, I have sensed a profound need for the development of a spirituality of conflict transformation within the peacebuilding community generally and within the Mennonite peacebuilding community specifically.
There are times we get so caught up in a dispute that we become defined by it.
Many of us have a vocal inner critic, who tells us what we’re doing wrong, how what we’re trying won’t work, how we’ll never be good enough.
Adapted from Prof Tania Sourdin, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 5th ed, 2016, Thomson Reuters. ADRAC gratefully acknowledges the authorship of Professor Sourdin, who kindly prepared this paper.
Sometimes we are sorry about what we said in a conflict and say so. Sometimes we are not sorry but say we are anyway.
Whether the bully is your boss or another employee, setting boundaries can be challenging.
Couples can have big fights, frequent conflict, and even bicker all the time and still have healthy, fulfilling, and lasting relationships. How so?
I often present to mediators for an hour or so on the transformative approach. These are certain questions that come up regularly.
With the new year being still fresh enough that some of us, and hopefully not just me, continue to write 2017 on their checks, the future is at the forefront of many of our minds.
The ICC Mediation Competition in Paris, and the growing number of others like it, are contributing to a change in the way disputes are going to be resolved in the future.
(2/09/18)Ronald S. Kraybill
Divided Democrats and Republicans found a way to talk this week, and actually listened to each other, using a talking stick!
In January 2018, the Ombudsman for the international public health agency told leadership that managers lack the interpersonal skills required for effective team communications, constructive conversations about performance, and conflict resolution.
(2/02/18)Guest Author, Sherrill Ellsworth
As long as you and your coParent are committed to working together to create a Parenting Plan that’s best for your children, there is no need for extra costs.
It’s ironic that the president who led us through by most measures our most destructive war had some of the most profound things to say about peace-making.
I sat down with Jill Boynton of Cornerstone Financial Planning to find out how this law will effect divorcing couples.
Lawsuits are products.
When I was in fourth grade, a few millennia ago, our teacher established a system so we could settle a lot of our own disputes.
A hot button or trigger word can be words, a tone of voice, or a particular way someone conveys body language that sets you off.
This post describes three short pieces that you might want to use in courses or continuing education programs.
It’s hard to get fresh perspective about our situation or the other person when we’re trapped inside a conflict.
There are times we know we will encounter pushback, defensiveness, offensiveness and other negative reactions to issues we want to raise with another person.
What does ADR mean in the criminal justice context?
(1/26/18)Ronald S. Kraybill
Here’s a strategy to improve dynamics in a difficult conversation: In an argument or tense discussion, replace “but” with “and”.
John Keith wrote the following: “It is inherent in our role that we fight other peoples’ battles, but this duty encourages us to identify with our clients and view their battles as our own.”
How can we as uniquely qualified and successful commercial mediators find ways to apply our mediation skills to address broader societal conflicts?
As part of recent mediation trainings, Susan Yates and I collected survey data and focus-group-like comments from the training participants.
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Dispute Resolution mourns the loss of Chairman Emeritus Charles B. Renfrew (pictured above), who died in San Francisco on Dec. 14 at age 89.
(1/19/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian
Disputes are a part of life. On all levels, in most relationships, we disagree about things.
When you consider what is most important to you about the conflict and the other person, what is the optimum way of proceeding, do you think?
When we become too wedded to our own solutions, conflict resolution conversations can get pretty stuck.
MIT is looking ahead, trying to figure out what skills the next generation of scientists, engineers, applied social scientists, designers and managers will need.
If you are a member of a family, whether it is as father, mother, child, sibling or an extended member, there will be conflict.
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“Joint sessions are a waste of time,” said the judge conducting a mediation in which I was representing one of the parties.