An unforgettable experience that facilitative mediators encounter is the experience of being part of a truly transformative mediation.
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.
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.
This article describes the different cultural aspects to take into account when negotiating in Saudi Arabia or the US.
As part of recent mediation trainings, Susan Yates and I collected survey data and focus-group-like comments from the training participants.
Oh my goodness, another year has passed and I would like to wish you all the very best for 2018. May it be a peaceful, loving and joyful one for you and yours!
As conflict management coaches it is common that we witness our clients encounter blocks during the course of our engagement.
Children are involved in ADR processes in five main contexts.
Guest blogger, Kees van Eijk, supports human interaction in this article by mapping thoughts, ideas, and emotions. He is a registered mediator and team facilitator working in the Netherlands.
The logic behind the time-out method is that if you remove the child from a fun surrounding when they do something wrong, then it will eliminate that behavior.
As they say, if two people always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
(10/06/17)Ronald S. Kraybill
Isolation and polarization are big threats today.
(9/06/17)Todd Jarvis, Aaron Wolf
This is a book review by Todd Jarvis of The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict by Aaron Wolf.
(8/30/17)Michael Lang, Rochelle Arms
While mention of reflective practice in the field of mediation has grown in recent years, its use is still not standardized in the work of most mediators.
“It’s important to set ground rules at the start of a mediation, and then you can remind the parties of those rules if they get off track later,” said a trainee in one of my mediation courses.
Whenever I ask participants in my workshops what words they associate with conflict, they come up with expressions that have most of the time a negative quality. They associate conflict with fear, anxiety, frustration, sadness, loneliness, anger, etc. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
This article deals with a formula for success in mediating and fostering positive interactions and outcomes: C + S + T – AR = SI, collaboration, plus synergy, plus teamwork, minus adversarial relationships, equals successful interactions.
(7/28/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian
“I want my day in court.” This is one of the most frequent desires and sentiments expressed by a new client in our initial conversation about their legal dispute.
(4/15/17)Elisabeth Seaman, Jack Hamilton
This is an interview of my business partner, Jack Hamilton and me, about mediation, conflict resolution and our book, Conflict - The Unexpected Gift.
If you believe someone is aggressive, could they behave more aggressively with you than with others?
This article explores the concept of bullying in the workplace and how to respond to it more effectively.
It was the breakthrough that we had been looking for. A new tool? No, it was a question that had allowed the person to reflect.
Disputes can often be sourced to a highly flammable communication medium.
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Mediation provides parties (Plaintiff and a Defendant) with an excellent chance to settle their case. But you do not want to blow it and you want to make sure you are properly prepared to handle the case.