Evaluate the trust and goodwill that supported your original agreements.


Task #15: How did you evaluate the trust and goodwill that supported your original agreements?

The resolution of a dispute does not just occur on the day of the mediation.   Each participant to mediation needs to prepare their own strategy for negotiation in the settlement.  Based on my experience as a mediator, these are a collection of tasks each participant needs to complete and to discuss with their council and the mediator before the mediation.

Particularly in business disputes whether they are real estate, construction defect, general business or even intellectual property issues, there would have been a meeting of the minds before the deal was done.   That is the essence of a contract.  To get to meeting of the minds you would have had to evaluate the other party and their proposal.  More specifically you have to decide if you can trust them to carry out their side of the bargain.  With this task you need to go back and look at the trust and good will that was developed when you made the contract.  What made you trust them in the first place?  What did they say and or do to generate your trust in them?

This is important because you may want an ongoing relationship with them after this dispute is resolved.  On the other hand you may not want to have a business relationship with them but out of necessity be forced to have a business relationship.

By evaluating the good will you will be able to see what was good in the original deal.   It will also help you evaluate the eventual settlement agreement that you and they will be developing within the mediation.

Ken_Strongman_003smAbout 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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