Resolving conflicts through negotiation

Resolving conflicts through negotiation. Resolving Conflict through negotiation is a part of life. Negotiation is how conflicts are resolved. Hopefully, they can be resolved peacefully and to the satisfaction of both parties to the conflict. Leaders’ skill set must include negotiation. Therefore, some of these blog postings will deal with ways a leader can help… Continue reading Resolving conflicts through negotiation

Seven reasons to avoid a joint mediation session

Seven reasons to avoid a joint mediation session This and many other topics will be revealed in: The “End Game” of Mediation and How to Succeed at It [A Comprehensive Road Map to the Mediation Process] on Tuesday, March 10, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm @ the Contra Costa Bar Association. Speakers Ken Strongman, Esq.… Continue reading Seven reasons to avoid a joint mediation session

Resolving conflicts through negotiation

Resolving conflicts through negotiation. Resolving Conflict is a part of life. Negotiation is how conflicts are resolved. Hopefully, they can be resolved peacefully and to the satisfaction of both parties to the conflict. It is also part of any leaders skill set. Therefore, some of these blog postings will deal with ways a leader can… Continue reading Resolving conflicts through negotiation

A handy tool for resolving conflicts.

A very handy tool for approaching any conflict situation that needs to be resolved is E.A.R.  Ask the people involved to: Express – What you want and what are you doing to get it. Address – Why it is working or not working. Resolve – What ways there are to solve the situation. **For the… Continue reading A handy tool for resolving conflicts.

Mediators Playing the Devil’s Advocate

Mediators Playing the Devil ’s Advocate Devil’s Advocate is one of the roles of a mediator. A good mediator such as myself, does not forfeit his personal opinions simply because he serves as a neutral facilitator. These opinions and preconceptions can help inform certain beliefs. However, a strong mediator knows how to view a case… Continue reading Mediators Playing the Devil’s Advocate

FAQ: Are Retired Judges Better Mediators?

FAQ: Are Retired Judges Better Mediators? It is assumed that a retired judge makes a better mediator than someone that has not been a judge.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Rendering judgment requires an entirely different skill set than helping the parties resolve their case through mediation.  The day to day activities of… Continue reading FAQ: Are Retired Judges Better Mediators?

Listening is the best way to resolve conflicts.

The better the information you have, the greater your chances of finding a workable solution.  Listen carefully to what others are saying, not judging until you hear everyone’s story.  Be aware of tone of voice, body language, and other clues.  Understand what each person is expressing – what he wants and what he is willing… Continue reading Listening is the best way to resolve conflicts.

Podcast – Final question: Mediation is conflict at its best.

Podcast – Final question: Mediation is conflict at its best. What do you mean when you say: Mediation is conflict at its best? This was the final question Chris Knutson, PE asked in our podcast from Stuttgart, Germany. The podcast was a wide ranging discussion of how civil engineers could use mediation to resolve disputes… Continue reading Podcast – Final question: Mediation is conflict at its best.

Podcast – Does Mediation solve Civil Engineering and Construction disputes?

Podcast – Does Mediation solve Civil Engineering and Construction disputes? Chris Knutson, P.E. of the Engineering Career Coach questioned me: Does Mediation solve civil engineering and construction disputes? While he was in Stuttgart, Germany and I in California we tackled that question and more. With over 750,000 downloads under their belt, I was honored to… Continue reading Podcast – Does Mediation solve Civil Engineering and Construction disputes?

What am I getting for my money when I hire a mediator?

What am I actually getting for my money when I hire a mediator? When you hire me as your mediator, you are buying the opportunity, through a neutral third party, to evaluate with someone who is an objective “sounding board,” your real needs (personal, economic, spiritual, etc.) and to evaluate which dispute resolution process will… Continue reading What am I getting for my money when I hire a mediator?