ADR Book Club

This is open to everyone in the ADR field who is interested is opening their mind by reading books (primarily non-ADR), engaging others in discussion with the end result providing a learning and growing experience for each participant.

Members: 73
Latest Activity: Jul 4, 2018

First Book Announcement


  • Week 1: June 3-9 INTRODUCTION & CH.1 [Discuss HERE]
  • Week 2: June 10-16 Chapters 2 & 3 [Discuss HERE]
  • Week 3: June 17-23 Chapters 4 & 5 [Discuss HERE]
  • Week 4: June 24-30 Chapters 6 & 7 [Discuss HERE]
  • Visit the Discussion Forum [HERE]
  • Have a question or comment? Go [HERE]


The idea and concept behind the book club is to bring various conflict resolution professionals, academics, students and practitioners together.
I am not making money on this, nor is any group or organization (well, except for the the authors who write the books). This is simply an opportunity for all us to learn and be better at helping others in conflict.
We will be reading books and analyzing each through a conflict resolution person's lens. The motto of the book club is Read, Engage and Learn. We engage by sharing our thoughts, reading other's comments and discussing various topics the book raised and how it applies to conflict resolution. This is how we can learn and grow and be more effective in conflict resolution and prevention.
The book club is open to everyone and free to participate.

It is that time again.......

ADRHub is excited to introduce the third book for the book club.

We are happy to announce the popular book club will be back June 1st.  
This book will be Conflict Management Coaching: The CINERGY Model.  The author, Cinnie Noble, will be the co-moderator for this addition of the book club allowing you the unique chance to not only engage other professionals but also the author!
An added benefit to purchasing her book and being part of the club is Cinnie donates a portion of the proceeds to Mediators Beyond Borders.

The motto of the book club is Read, Engage and Learn.  This is how we can learn and grow and be more effective in conflict resolution and prevention.

Reading: This is a great way to read something different than maybe you would of chosen to usually read and a way to connect with others in the ADR field. 

Engage: We want to hear from you. Each participant offers a different perspective that we value. The ADRHub book club will allow for us to take a journey together and engage in rich discussions.

Learn: Through these perspectives and discussions, we will all learn something and maybe come up with a new idea....or two.

The discussions will start on June 3. This gives everyone a chance to get the book, read a few chapters, and get ready to discuss.

The forum is created for discussion and insight to the weekly readings. Each week on Sunday, a question will be posted as a starting point. However, I encourage each of you to ask any questions that are on your mind at any time. Sometime during the week, please try and respond to at least one other club members post...remember we want to Read, Engage, and Learn.

Coming Soon!

  • Visit the Discussion Forum [HERE]
  • Have a question or comment? Go [HERE]
* Please help promote the book club. Feel free to put any of the attached graphics on your site, blog, group, etc. with the message below or one of your own as well as use #adrbookclub on twitter.

Discussion Forum

ADR and neuroscience

Started by Rosa María Abdelnour Granados Jul 4, 2018. 0 Replies

Hi everyone I am Rosa and I live in Cost Rica in Central America.I hope we can share ideas and trends in the ADR field. I am a lawyer, but a mediator and arbitrator too. I am fascinated with the…Continue


Started by Jeff Thompson. Last reply by - Creighton NCR Jul 2, 2012. 3 Replies

Hello everyone, if you have any issues, comments or questions, please use this thread to ask them!:)Continue

WEEK 4: Chapters 6 and 7 of Conflict Management Coaching: The CINERGY Model

Started by Cinnie Noble. Last reply by Patty Stiles Jul 2, 2012. 14 Replies

Well members of the virtual book club - this is our final week discussing Conflict Management Coaching: The CINERGY Model. It's been so great conversing with you and we are very appreciative of your…Continue

Tags: management, measuring, applications, coaching, conflict

Farewell but not good bye - end of the book club on Conflict Management Coaching:The CINERGY Model

Started by Cinnie Noble. Last reply by Jeff Thompson Jul 1, 2012. 2 Replies

Many many thanks to all of you who participated in the virtual book club this past month. Your questions and comments have been tremendous. Whether you added your comments or just listened in - it's…Continue

Tags: tammy, lenski, club, management, conflict

Comment Wall

Comment by John C. Turley on March 11, 2011 at 9:57pm

What is the next ADR Book Club featured book?



Comment by Barry Clemson on March 12, 2011 at 1:29pm
A little self promotion here. Please consider for the next book Denmark Rising. It is a highly praised novel which takes a realistic look at what might have happened if Denmark had chosen to use strategic nonviolence against Hitler in WW II. Given the successful use of strategic nonviolence in several Arab countries and the escalating violence in Libya, the issues examined in Denmark Rising are not only timely but certainly fit well within the context of ADR. My website has an extended excerpt and reader reviews or see the Amazon reviews.
Comment by John C. Turley on June 14, 2011 at 10:15pm

The HBO movie Too Big to Fail complements our reading and discussion.   There is a particular scene that I have watched several times. The Korean bankers are negotiating with Lehman Brothers to merge with the company minus Lehman's real estate holdings.  The deal is ready to close when the CEO of LB bursts into the conference room to re sell the worthless real estate portfolio and holdings to the bankers.

The Koreans summarily walk out of the conference room and cancel the entire deal.  This is an AH at the top of the corporation acting more like a lunatic. 

There is an excellent article in the Harvard Business Review entitled "Why Leaders Lose Their Way." by Bill George.  It is more apropos than our current reading since it offers a perspective on the bad behavior at the top that makes daily headlines.  The clay footed politicians, CEOs and international power elite are flawed and may even uphold the "No Asshole Rule."  That is except for themselves. I question the value of Sutton's book and his thesis since he is telling most of us what we already know from our individual and collective experiences.  I disagree that the "AHs" at every level are eventually discovered and routed out of the company or the system.  Sutton's provocative title is his major contribution to business literature as opposed to the book's content. His observations are pedestrian.

Comment by Jon Linden on November 5, 2013 at 4:08pm
John Turley's comments were prescient with respect to the movie "Too Big To Fail." The entire movie and the title bring to the forefront the question regarding how big is 'Too Big To Fail' therefore, how big does a company have to be in order for government action is mandated because of the effect, including the domino effect, of a company failing. How can we be sure that saving the company, no matter how big, is not just a tremendous waste of American resources. If in fact, the failure of the company in question is due to the greediness and ignorance of those at the top, then won't the same failure revisit us time and time again?

I believe it is a question that begs for an answer, but one that is virtually impossible to answer. Why did the government let Lehman Bros. fail, yet then jump in and support other investment banks. And didn't the United States make an error when it dropped the Glass-Steagal Act that prevented banks from becoming so large that the failure of even one of the top 6 or 8 or 10 banks creates a situation wherein the entire American economy is at risk of failure? I know these are truly gigantic questions, but they are some of the things we will have to increasingly have to deal with as we go forward into this century.

And finally, I do heartily agree that all the 'AH's' at the tops of these companies do NOT get weeded out. The game is so political in nature, the earnings per share is so manipulated and the performance measures are so artificially controlled that it is very difficult to weed out the grain from the chaff. There will always be some people at the top, who got there through nepotism or through participating with others in some type of coup, or several other reasons. They will always be there. There is no way to fully purge these people who are good only at one thing: "Hiding their incompetence and advancing themselves on the backs of others." Thank you for the reference and the discussion. I am a brand new member and a prolific reader. I think this club is one that will provide tremendous intellectual growth opportunities.


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