Archive for the ‘Mediation’ Category

And Now for Something Completely Different

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

People come to me with their disputes usually when they’re at wit’s end.

They’ve been trying to fix it themselves, and whatever it is they were doing isn’t working. If it ever worked before, it isn’t working anymore now.

They know the definition of crazy: doing the same thing and expecting a different result. They know things need to be different to reach a different result. They get that. If they want a different result, something’s got to change.

And they know the solution. They already know exactly what it’s going to take. Something needs to change, and that something is the other person. (more…)

Mediation isn’t Mediation

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

A lot of folks don’t know that there is more than one form of mediation.  That includes a lot of lawyers.

To be clear, there’s mediation and then there’s mediation. They are as different as night and day.  Wished we used different words for them, but we don’t.  But there is a clear distinction. Here it is: (more…)

Lawyers Choosing Mediators: Is that All There Is?

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

The traditional way lawyers choose mediators is understandable.  You choose someone with a bunch of experience in the subject matter. No one can fault you later for choosing someone who has “seen it all before.”  Even if you don’t reach agreement. You’re safe.

There are limitations with that approach.  Here’s what I mean. (more…)

The Hard Language of Mediation

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

“Soft.”  Warm & Fuzzy.  Nice.  Even “nicey-nice.”  Respectful. Gushy & Squishy.

Isn’t this how many of us in dispute resolution and mediation describe our work?  Isn’t it how many skeptics describe it?

Yet is this real?  Is this the way it is? Language forms our thinking, and this language is amorphous, disassociative, ephemeral.  Is this how we view our work?  How others see it?  How our clients see it?

What if we used different language? (more…)

Consulting an Attorney in Mediation

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Here’s a great post from Daniella Schilling on how — and why — to consult with an attorney in mediation.  Her practice and context is divorce, but her good advice applies to any mediation.

Beer Summit as Mediation Primer

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

[Here’s a revision of a pre-hack blogpost. And now it has a pic! JB.]

As a mediator, there’s a lot of powerful symbolism in just holding the Beer Summit.  It shows that talking about our differences has value.

The press was not allowed in for more than a few seconds to take some pics and see that it was actually happening.  But even that little bit allowed us to see that there’s more to be learned there.  Take a look: (more…)

Private or Joint Meetings

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Here’s an issue that can keep mediators talking into the wee hours: when to use joint meetings, and when to use private meetings?

Some people hold the preconceived notion that their approach – private or joint – is always better, all the time, for all people and in all cases. (more…)