The next time someone declines to take responsibility for words or actions that had a bad impact, don’t immediately assume it’s a flaw in their character.
Mediation Trainer Stuart Watson shares the wisdom of the most important elements of a mediation training gained from training new mediators over the last 15 years.
To arrive at a successful resolution in mediation, you have to work for it. Mediation is hard.
Conflicts that are resolved only to etch out a settlement are resolved in the shallowest sense.
This article addresses three common impasses which can become future wins when mediators frame the discussion.
The current linguistic environment is instructive, scary, and actually great fun.
In their book, "Designing Your Life," authors Burnett and Evans talk about "gravity problems," things like gravity that you cannot change no matter how hard you try.
Blame is frequently used, whether consciously or unconsciously, in an attempt to assign responsibility for something gone awry.
Individual differences matter. To be of value, mediation has to draw on these differences to elicit how the parties make sense.
Mediators have Four Noble Truths, recited to each new set of parties we work with: “This process is Voluntary and Self-Determined; we are Neutral, and everything said here is Confidential.”
Often times, the parties or their lawyers refuse to accept that “Last, best and final offer” because they think they will regret making the deal and not having the time and energy to take one more deposition, find the “truth”, the “smoking gun” or exact a little more pain and discomfort towards the other side.
This article discusses a New Year's Resolution for bettering relationship and communication.
Isn’t it reassuring knowing you have someone in your corner to advocate for you?
While you may already be familiar with the process and its benefits there are a few important facts those considering mediation for a legal issue their business is facing should know.
The mediator’s options in compromise situations depends on the parties’ receptivity to the process.
Even with the inspiration of others, it’s understandable that we sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help.
As you enter 2017, reflect and commit to being intentional on the small gifts you can provide to strengthen, honor and acknowledge those important relationships in your life. Here are some ideas to consider.
Not everyone lives the way we do. And just because someone may do things very differently than we might does not mean that what he alleges as happening is false.
As a business owner a lawsuit can be a stressful situation. Fortunately, you have options, even when a dispute appears headed for the courtroom. By working with an experienced mediator, you gain hope of steering a business disaster toward an agreeable — and even amicable — resolution.
This article examines why scouts and guides have better mental health in later life.
People should first try to understand others, especially those with whom we disagree – perhaps disagreeing quite strongly.
Want to break the advice-giving habit but aren’t sure what to do instead?
On December 1, 2016, The California Law Revision Commission (“CLRC”) met once again to discuss its Study K-402-Relationship Between Mediation Confidentiality and Attorney Malpractice and Other Misconduct.
I have seen on more than a few occasions an online headline that says "mediation fails in....(dispute)". This article attempts to provide alternative thought to that claim and misconception.
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