Scientists found that feminine charm does indeed have economic benefits and can increase success rates in negotiations with both men and women by as much as a third.The findings from the first…Continue
Let me lead this surprising revelation with the caveat that the study is comparing male and female lawyers negotiating settlements on behalf of their clients and faced with a choice between agreeing…Continue
Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution Graduate Program is seeking to expand its faculty with a new hire who will bring wide ranging transnational experience. Optimal candidates will be able…Continue
A more recent development in ADR is binding mediation. In it, the parties agree to first try to settle their dispute through mediation — but, if they are unable to reach agreement, they give the…Continue
Last week there was a report on NPR about the job prospects for recent law school graduates. It said that “at some schools, less than a third of their graduating class were obtaining long-term, full-time legal jobs” and that “since 2009, the median starting salary in private practice has fallen 35 percent” (1).
That report focused on lawyers, but what…Continue
After my last blog on empathy I reflected on some of my other relationships and realized I have a friend I know so well that in most cases I can correctly tell what she’s thinking and how she’s feeling. So if missing empathy is one’s inability to determine another individual's feelings – does that mean that I’m super empathetic? Or is there more to it?
Experts on the topic, such as Paul Ekman (the author of “Telling Lies” and the inspiration behind the TV series…Continue
Over the last few months I’ve found myself in conflict with a dear friend over and over again due to our inability to correctly recognize and predict each other’s emotional responses. But just as a lack of empathy can cause conflicts, empathy can be an important tool. Mauricio Hernández Sarti finds that
“empathy is one of the most powerful processes that allows forgiveness and understanding … to resolve conflicts” (…Continue
Is ADR a field? Many of us may take the answer to this question for granted. But are we mediation-centric as we go through life? And what about ADR being “in the shadow of the law”? During the Keystone Conference in October 2010 the question of whether or not ADR is a field was discussed – first in form of a question and then in the form of two different answers. I thought those were good pointers for self-reflection…
First, Carrie Menkel-Meadow asks "Are We a…Continue