Developing one's voice as a mediator can be tricky business. Our personality, empathy, and humor should shine through with our clients...accompanied by a soupcon of acting. Maintaining neutrality, suppressing your political/religious/personal views, and poker-facing the bizarre can…Continue
Added by Brad Heckman on December 23, 2011 at 10:27am — No Comments
I was 10 years old when Star Wars came out, and when Star Trek was on TV in a continuous loop of syndicated reruns. A common playground topic was which of the two rocked harder, and the debate continues to this day, fueled by schticky banter on youtube between Shatner and Carrie Fisher.
Perhaps in an early display of mediation sensibilities, I embraced both shows, with props to Star Wars…Continue
Added by Brad Heckman on December 21, 2011 at 11:24am — No Comments
I took a Latin American politics course in college, and the prof told us, à la Jeff Foxworthy, that if a leader wears sunglasses indoors, he's probably a despot.
Here are some ostensible reasons why some dictators might've rocked the shades:
-- Kim Jong Il, North Korean Dear Leader: His lady-who-lunches specs added some compensatory bling to…Continue
Added by Brad Heckman on December 21, 2011 at 9:21am — No Comments
Vaclav Havel showed us a world in which one man could be a poet, playwright, protester, political prisoner, peacemaker, and president. A man who embraced the paradox of dissent and dialogue. A man who humbly vanquished 50 years of oppression, and then impishly rode his bike through the corridors of…Continue
Added by Brad Heckman on December 21, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments