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In the IAM Blog, members of the International Academy of Mediators share their wisdom about how mediation can best be used to resolve serious conflicts, including approaches, techniques and perspective. This blog offers insights and thinking from one of the top groups of mediators in the world.


Seven Questions to Engage the Politically Polarized
By: Doug Noll, IAM Distinguished Fellow
Email: doug@nollassociates.com

What do you do if you are in a conversation – which may include a mediation – with someone who is adamant and strident about his or her values and beliefs? In today's polarized society, this is more likely to happen than ever before...click here


What “The Blind Men and the Elephant” Can Teach Us About Mediation
By: Sheldon J. Stark, IAM Distinguished Fellow
Email: shel@starkmediator.com

Frequently, disputes arise out of the different perspectives of the parties. Parties may observe the same facts but their perceptions of what happened and why may turn on where they stood, what role they were playing or what they were thinking at the time of the occurrence or event in controversy...to read more click here





How to Listen Like a Mediator
By: Chuck Doran, IAM Distinguished Fellow
Email: cdoran@mwi.org

Mediators are masters of listening. Conflict has a habit of turning conversations into competitions, with each statement feeling like a serve that you have to return in order to win a point. Mediators transform the purpose of these conversations from “winning” into understanding one another and working towards resolution...to read more click here


Resolving Sports Disputes by Mediation
By: Paul Godin
Email:
paul@adr.ca      

Conflicts in high-performance sports (HPS) – those involving athletes competing at the national, international or professional levels – are typically tense and emotionally charged experiences for the athletes, coaches, and sports organizations involved...to read more click here

 

 


Mediation v. Court Truth
By:  Bennett G. Picker, IAM Distinguished Fellow
Email: 
bpicker@stradley.com                                              

Experienced mediators know that the resolution of disputes involves the people and the problem as much as the positions.  At the same time, most parties will use as a benchmark for settlement decisions the expected results at trial should a dispute not be amicably resolved...to read more click here

 


Reflections on a Mediation: Blood, Sweat & Tears
By:  Floyd Siegal,
IAM Distinguished Fellow
Email: 
fjs@fjsmediation.com

A closing workshop at an International Academy of Mediators conference was titled Transformative Moments in Mediation. Colleagues shared “war stories,” reminding all of us that every mediation involves real people whose lives have been impacted in a variety of ways by the events which spawned their conflict, and that every mediation could provide the opportunity to experience a transformative moment...to read more click here



Some Honest Talk About "Lying" At Mediation: An Open Letter
By: Jeff Jury, IAM Distinguished Fellow
Email: JJury@bajb.com


Dear Mediation Attendee/Counsel/Client:

I look forward to welcoming you at our upcoming mediation session.  As your mediator, it is my responsibility to remain as neutral as can be, conduct the process in a manner that is fair to everyone, and to help the parties talk and think about this dispute, hopefully concluding with a settlement...to read  more click here


Mediation Kindness in 2017?
By: John Sturrock, IAM Distinguished Fellow
Email: John.Sturrock@core-solutions.com

I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things . . . their lives frequently embody a truth expressed by Mother Teresa, . . . [who] once said: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”. . .to read more click here



The Pros and Cons of a Very Public Settlement
By: Jan Schau, IAM Distinguished Fellow 
Email:
JFSchau@adrservices.org
 
For the past fifteen years, I have been a strong advocate for mediation. Through some mix of optimism and arrogance, I have maintained the belief that all conflict can and should be resolved through a skillfully-managed mediation process...to read more
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Reframing the Mediation Lexicon
By: Eric R. Galton, IAM Distinguished Fellow (with a great deal of help from friends)
Email:
eric@lakesidemediation.com
See full article at www.iamed.org

Words matter. So in basic mediation training we teach neutral words and reframing. But is our mediation lexicon stale and itself in need of reframing? As I pursued this question, I spoke with world class mediators, some of whom are mentioned below...to read more click here



Why I Decided to Write Agreed!, the 10,000th Book about Negotiation and Mediation
By: Thierry Garby, IAM Distinguished Fellow
Email:
t.garby@me.com


I wrote Agreed! for exactly the same reason Einstein wrote his theory of relativity: there was something that did not work in Newton’s theory. There are lots of ideas which, in my view, do not work in what we are usually taught about negotiation and mediation...to read more click Here




 

 

 


Please note that each IAM Blog posting represents the view of its individual author, but not necessarily others associated with IAM. IAM Blog Editor Keith L. Seat may be contacted at kseat@keithseat.com.