Resolving the Turkey Conflict

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Nov 222016
 

Turkey Conflict

The Turkey Conflict

This is the time of the year for the turkey conflict. Thanksgiving is the day we Americans set aside to give thanks. It is most likely the only day when everyone makes an effort to enjoy a meal with their family. The day can be painful for anyone that does not have immediate family around or because of past family conflicts, being around is not practical.

For some reason, it is assumed that the meal will be turkey in some form or another. This is not the turkeys that wandered the woods near Pilgrims’ settlement. It is not even the turkeys that are infesting my neighborhood. One has taken up residence at the gas station that I frequent. While everyone is pumping gas, it is admiring itself in the reflections of the cars and trucks. No the turkeys we insist on eating are bred to be the high point of this one meal a year. That they are bred reduces them to the lowest common denominator of blandness.

Long ago, I developed a total dislike of this type of turkey. If I was to be psychoanalyzed, a connection to the corresponding family discord might be discovered. But being thankful that I am an American, I exercise my God given choice not to eat turkey without being psychoanalyzed.

My dislike started out in my youth. Only turkey was served for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Those dinners were rotated between my aunts in San Francisco and our house. There was intense competition between my mother and my aunts to find the most economical bird. In other words, they would look for the cheapest per pound bird and would go to great lengths to secure it. At one point the record was 29 cents per pound. Even in olden times that was extremely cheap. The taste matched the price – cheap.

One year, my mother, after considerable nagging by the family, invested in a Butterball turkey. That is the kind with the little read button that pops out when it is perfectly done. As was her habit, she put it in the oven before dawn. After the requisite number of hours, the little red button popped out right on queue. Unfortunately, the family was not due to arrive until 1 p.m. and it had reached perfection far faster that previous cheaper birds. Therefore she left it in the oven until noon. There is the dinner scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation where everyone watches the dead bird shrivel and is still force to eat it – I’ve lived that.

After marriage, the “discussion” as to having or not having turkey resolved itself. My wonderful wife one year decided to have a big turkey feast with all of the fixings. She purchased a quality frozen 25 plus pound turkey. While readying it for defrosting, it fell out of its perch in the freeze and aimed for her big toe. The ‘pope’s nose’, followed by the other 24 pounds, hit its target with dead accuracy. We spend the entire evening in the emergency room. The toe was broken. Unable to barely stand let alone cook, the job of cooking the dead bird fell to me. Convinced, that was the last time we served Meleagris gallopavo aka dead bird.

I am thankful for a multitude of blessings. One is the privilege not to eat turkey if you don’t want to eat it. May you be thankful for all of your blessings this season and may you avoid the turkey conflict.

 

Ken StrongmanAbout the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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Pictures from “The Quest for Meaning of Servant Leadership”

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Jun 232016
 

National Youth Leadership Training

National Youth Leadership Training course or the Quest for the Meaning of Servant Leadership. We held it at Camp Wolfeboro, Arnold, CA.

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 After Staff Development our youth leaders were ready.100_5646

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff development was not all work and no play.100_5657

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With staff development completed they were ready to go lead and run the course.100_5667

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1 at the entrance to Camp Wolfeboro 86 participants prepared to enter the camp and their individual quests.100_5769

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All 86 were broken down into patrols with other scouts that they did not know.100_5778

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thus they began their team development.100_5785

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each patrol had a well trained and knowledgeable Troop Guide.100_5787

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team problem solving happened almost 24 hours a day. Here it was the marshmallow challenge.

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How to build a tower out of a marshmallow and dried spaghetti.

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It was a lot of trial and error with each team.

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All the while learning about themselves and their patrol.

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There was success.

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Being Scouts lashing problems were next.

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All learning was placed into immediate action: build a chariot for racing the rest of the troop.

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Cooking and hospitality were used to put each patrol through the stages of team development. Here patrols had to invite others to dinner knocking before being recognized by the potential guests. This patrol kept getting bigger knockers.

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Problem solving and team building took different forms.

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The blind tent challenge.

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Provisions were made by the youth staff for every kind of scout.

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Working the trolley.

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Leaders learning from other servant leaders.

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Singing is a team sport. The participant scouts often lead singing on their own. One patrol even wrote a original song explaining Servant Leadership.

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Final instructions.

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Each patrol presented what they learned to the entire troop in the form of songs or skits.

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A tired but enthusiastic NYLT Staff.

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The objectives of National Youth Leadership Training are:

  • Give youth the confidence and knowledge to conduct a youth-run program thus learning life skills
  • Train youth in all aspects of effective leadership, ranging from teaching skills to motivating an organization
  • Guide the youth through the stages of team development
  • Give youth the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with youth from other units.
  • Enhancement of the relationship between the youth and adults.
  • Create an environment of Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Experience Scouting at its best.

How National Youth Leadership Training works

I’m privileged to be the Scoutmaster/Course Director for this NYLT at Camp Wolfeboro.  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the servant leadership development training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It is intended to provide standardized, in-depth training covering a number of leadership ideas and skills.

NYLT is run by youth leaders under adult supervision. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs course meetings and events, chairs meetings of the team leaders’ meeting, delegates duties to other youth staff, assists the Scoutmaster, models the learning and leadership skills, and recruits participants. The youth staff is trained in presenting, coaching, and mentoring, enabling them to conduct the program.

For More Information: Boy ScoutsMt. Diablo Silverado Council, Wiki

Ken_Strongman_003smAbout the Author: Besides being Scoutmaster/Course Director of the June NYLT and a Silver Beaver recipient, Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.
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What’s happening at Leadership Training @ Camp Wolfeboro Today: Day-6

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Jun 182016
 
Leadership Staff Completely Trained.

Leadership Completely Trained

Day-6 of National Youth Leadership Training

This is Day-6 of the first week of our National Youth Leadership Training course. Returning from their night away in the wilderness, they are putting it all together. They will be sharing their team quests with the troop and their personal visions with their own Scoutmaster before they return home.

 

Objectives

The objectives of National Youth Leadership Training are:

  • Give youth the confidence and knowledge to conduct a youth-run program thus learning life skills
  • Train youth in all aspects of effective leadership, ranging from teaching skills to motivating an organization
  • Guide the youth through the stages of team development
  • Give youth the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with youth from other units.
  • Enhancement of the relationship between the youth and adults.
  • Create an environment of Scouting fellowship and fun guided by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Experience Scouting at its best.

How National Youth Leadership Training works

I’m privileged to be the Scoutmaster/Course Director for this NYLT at Camp Wolfeboro.  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the leadership development training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It is intended to provide standardized, in-depth training covering a number of leadership ideas and skills.

NYLT is run by youth leaders under adult supervision. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs course meetings and events, chairs meetings of the team leaders’ meeting, delegates duties to other youth staff, assists the Scoutmaster, models the learning and leadership skills, and recruits participants. The youth staff is trained in presenting, coaching, and mentoring, enabling them to conduct the program.

For More Information: Boy ScoutsMt. Diablo Silverado Council, Wiki

Ken_Strongman_003smAbout the Author: Besides being Scoutmaster/Course Director of the second week of NYLT and a Silver Beaver recipient, Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.
© 2016 Ken Strongman. All Rights Reserved. Please do not copy or repost without permission.

What’s happening at Leadership Camp: Day-5

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Jun 172016
 
Final Staff Leadership training at Camp Herms

Final Staff Leadership training at Camp Herms

Day-5 of Leadership Training at NYLT

This is Day-5 of the first week of our National Youth Leadership Training course. This is the day they start to put it all together. They learn the best leadership skill – how to lead themselves as they prepare to hike out to their outpost campsite.

What does it mean to lead yourself?

• We often think of a leader as the person out front. The senior patrol leader. The guide. The crew chief showing people the way.
• In leading others, we have a greater responsibility than just to ourselves.
• But before we can lead others well, we need to be able to lead ourselves.
•For now, let’s boil down leading ourselves to answering three questions:
1. Where am I now?
2. Where do I want to be?
3. How do I close the gap between where I am now and where I want to be?

Outpost Leadership

Each patrol puts it all together by locating their outpost campsite and spending the night at a team. So we will have 87 participants camping out in the wilderness.

How National Youth Leadership Training works

I’m privileged to be the Scoutmaster/Course Director for this NYLT course at Camp Wolfeboro.  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the leadership development training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It is intended to provide standardized, in-depth training covering a number of leadership ideas and skills.

NYLT is run by youth leaders under adult supervision. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs course meetings and events, chairs meetings of the team leaders’ meeting, delegates duties to other youth staff, assists the Scoutmaster, models the learning and leadership skills, and recruits participants. The youth staff is trained in presenting, coaching, and mentoring, enabling them to conduct the program.

For More Information: Boy ScoutsMt. Diablo Silverado Council, Wiki
Ken_Strongman_003smAbout the Author: Besides being Scoutmaster/Course Director of the second week of NYLT and a Silver Beaver recipient, Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.
© 2016 Ken Strongman. All Rights Reserved. Please do not copy or repost without permission.

What’s happening @ National Youth Leadership Training: Day-4

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Jun 162016
 
Staff Leadership training at Camp Herms

Staff Leadership training at Camp Herms – Ethics

Day-4 of Leadership Training – Ethics

This is Day-4 (Ethics) of the first week of our National Youth Leadership Training course. Today the participants are learning how to teach others, resolve conflicts and make ethical decisions.

The Leadership of the Teaching Edge

Explaining: It clarifies the subject for the learner AND for the instructor.

Demonstrating: It allows learners to see as well as hear how something is done.

Guiding: It allows learners to learn by doing.

Enabling: It allows learners to use the skills themselves.

Conflict Resolution Leadership

Even with the best leadership, there are bound to be occasional difficulties between two people, between groups of people, or between one person and a number of others. The signs of trouble brewing may be small—someone becoming withdrawn and quiet, for example. Or the signs may be obvious—shouting, high levels of emotion, etc.

If you are a patrol leader or senior patrol leader, you may be in an official role in which you are expected to step in to resolve a conflict. Or you may simply want to help a couple of your friends work through a disagreement.

Leadership Making Ethical Decisions

If the key element of the mission statement of the BSA is “make ethical choices,” that must be mighty important—so important that we spend plenty of time exploring what it means.

How National Youth Leadership Training works

I’m privileged to be the Scoutmaster/Course Director for this NYLT course at Camp Wolfebor.  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the leadership development training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It is intended to provide standardized, in-depth training covering a number of leadership ideas and skills.

NYLT is run by youth leaders under adult supervision. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs course meetings and events, chairs meetings of the team leaders’ meeting, delegates duties to other youth staff, assists the Scoutmaster, models the learning and leadership skills, and recruits participants. The youth staff is trained in presenting, coaching, and mentoring, enabling them to conduct the program.

For More Information: Boy ScoutsMt. Diablo Silverado Council, Wiki
Ken Strongman, MediatorAbout the Author: Besides being Scoutmaster/Course Director of the second week of NYLT and a Silver Beaver recipient, Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.
© 2016 Ken Strongman. All Rights Reserved. Please do not copy or repost without permission.

What’s happening at NYLT Camp Wolfeboro Today: Day-3 [More Leadership]

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Jun 152016
 
Leadership Training

Staff Leadership training

Day-3 National Youth Leadership Training

This is Day-3 of the first week of our National Youth Leadership Training course. Today they are spending more time on team development, problem solving as a team and how to be servant leaders. Breaking this down:

Leadership Team Development

“A team is a group of people who share a common vision. They work together to complete goals that will help them realize their shared vision. They support and depend on one another.”

PHASES OF TEAM DEVELOPMENT

One of the most valuable things to know about teams is that they progress through stages. It’s happening to your patrol right now.

Recognize which stage a team is in—whether it’s a patrol or some other team—and you will have a much better idea of how to move it forward. You can be a far more effective member of the team.

The development of a team occurs in a series of four clear stages:

• Forming
• Storming
• Norming
• Performing

Problem Solving as a Leadership Skill

What happens when things don’t go according to the plan? What does an individual or a group do when roadblocks slow progress toward a goal? Lead the group to this answer:

Problem solving is what you must do when your plan no longer works.

1. Figure out WHAT is causing the problem.
2. Figure out HOW to solve the problem.
3. Figure out WHEN to solve the problem.
4. Figure out WHO will take responsibility.

Servant Leadership

Servant Leaders do not begin with a desire to lead but rather with the desire to serve others.

How National Youth Leadership Training works

I’m privileged to be the Scoutmaster/Course Director for this course of NYLT at Camp Wolfeboro.  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the leadership development training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It is intended to provide standardized, in-depth training covering a number of leadership ideas and skills.

NYLT is run by youth leaders under adult supervision. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs course meetings and events, chairs meetings of the team leaders’ meeting, delegates duties to other youth staff, assists the Scoutmaster, models the learning and leadership skills, and recruits participants. The youth staff is trained in presenting, coaching, and mentoring, enabling them to conduct the program

For More Information: Boy ScoutsMt. Diablo Silverado Council, Wiki
Ken_Strongman_003smAbout the Author: Besides being Scoutmaster/Course Director of the second week of NYLT and a Silver Beaver recipient, Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.
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What’s happening at NYLT Camp Wolfeboro Today: Day-2 – Leadership

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Jun 142016
 

Camp Wolfeboro Closing – Staff

What’s happening at NYLT Camp Wolfeboro Today: Day-2 – Leadership

This is Day-2 of the first week of our National Youth Leadership Training course. The day is filled with more learning how set goal; learn how to function as a team; and how to lead a Scout Worship service. The 18 youth staff is busy teaching the 87 participants different leadership skills.

I’m privileged to be the Scoutmaster/Course Director for this  NYLT Course at Camp Wolfeboro.  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the leadership development training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It is intended to provide standardized, in-depth training covering a number of leadership ideas and skills.

NYLT is run by youth leaders under adult supervision. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs course meetings and events, chairs meetings of the team leaders’ meeting, delegates duties to other youth staff, assists the Scoutmaster, models the learning and leadership skills, and recruits participants. The youth staff is trained in presenting, coaching, and mentoring, enabling them to conduct the program

For more info: National Youth Leadership Training
Ken Strongman, MediatorAbout the Author: Besides being Scoutmaster/Course Director of the second week of NYLT and a Silver Beaver recipient, Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.
© 2016 Ken Strongman. All Rights Reserved. Please do not copy or repost without permission.

What’s happening at NYLT: Day-1 Orientation

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Jun 132016
 
NYLT Day One Orientation

NYLT Day One – Orientation

What’s happening at NYLT Camp Wolfeboro Today: Day-1 Orientation

This is Day-1 Orientation of 87 participants by our 18 youth staff to our National Youth Leader Training course. The day is filled with Orientation Trail, learning how to communicate; how to develop goals and visions for your team; and how to develop and present a campfire program.

I’m privileged to be the Scoutmaster/Course Director for this NYLT.  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the leadership development training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It is intended to provide standardized, in-depth training covering a number of leadership ideas and skills.

NYLT is run by youth leaders under adult supervision. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs course meetings and events, chairs meetings of the team leaders’ meeting, delegates duties to other youth staff, assists the Scoutmaster, models the learning and leadership skills, and recruits participants. The youth staff is trained in presenting, coaching, and mentoring, enabling them to conduct the program
Ken_Strongman_003smAbout the Author: Besides being Scoutmaster/Course Director of this NYLT and a Silver Beaver recipient, Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.
© 2016 Ken Strongman. All Rights Reserved. Please do not copy or re-post without permission.

What’s happening at NYLT Camp Wolfeboro Today: Day-0 Setting Up Day

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Jun 122016
 
NYLT Day Zero

NYLT Day Zero – setting up

Setting Up NYLT at Camp Wolfeboro

This is Day-0, Setting up day, of the first week of our National Youth Leader Training course. The Staff arrived Saturday to finish setting up the course.

I’m privileged to be the Scoutmaster/Course Director for the second week of NYLT. National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is the leadership development training offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It is intended to provide standardized, in-depth training covering a number of leadership ideas and skills.

NYLT is run by youth leaders under adult supervision. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs course meetings and events, chairs meetings of the team leaders’ meeting, delegates duties to other youth staff, assists the Scoutmaster, models the learning and leadership skills, and recruits participants. The youth staff is trained in presenting, coaching, and mentoring, enabling them to conduct the program

Ken_Strongman_003smAbout the Author: Besides being Scoutmaster/Course Director of the second week of NYLT and a Silver Beaver recipient, Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.
© 2016 Ken Strongman. All Rights Reserved. Please do not copy or repost without permission.

Caesar Augustus Law’s Unintended Consequences

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Dec 252015
 
Why Christmas? unintended consequences

Unintended Consequences in Our World

Caesar Augustus Law’s unintended consequences

Luke 2:1. In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.

Law’s unintended consequences

It is always a concern of law makers that there might be unintended consequences of their decrees. They might intend that the health and welfare of the land be improved only to find out a consequence is that a new danger is introduced. Most of our legislators’ work is to fix the unintended consequences of their tax laws. At the same time they spend too much time burnishing their own legacies for future generations.

The intended consequence

The intended consequence of Caesar Augustus’ decree was to raise taxes and to remind him and future generations of the length, breath and greatness of his reign as ruler of the western world. What would the conversation be like if someone went back in time and tried to explain to him that few remember that he arrived in Rome when it was brick and when he left it all in marble because his Rome is now in ruin? Explain to him that all most people of earth remember of his Pax Romana and all of this other law making actions is this little one. Explain that no one remembers the results of the census or how much tax money was raised.

Moving a Pregnant Unwed Peasant Girl

What most people only remember of Caesar Augustus is that this one decree unintended consequent was to force an unwed Jewish peasant girl to move about 111 kilometers in the ninth month of her pregnancy – from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It would have taken the threat of a Roman Legion to do it as well. From personal experience, I know that it is impossible to persuade a pregnant woman to travel more than 10 miles from her preferred place to give birth. It would have been against her obstetrician orders.

Our Unintended Consequences

This could be a lesson of all of us. None of us know the unintended consequences of our words or actions. It could be a smile or a kind word, or a good act. Or it could be the off handed remark, the indifferent look, or the omission to act. We have no way of knowing. We can only go by the unintended consequences of others in regards to ourselves. We need to spend less time burnishing our future greatness and more time in the here and now.

 

Ken Strongman, MediatorAbout the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.  He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.

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