July 2012 Blog Posts (24)

Tackle Conflict in Any Setting / Approaching Conflict Styles

Conflict is inevitable. Whether you work at a corporation, hospital, school, in public administration or law — disagreements will arise. No two disputes are alike and some conflict management styles are more effective than others. How you approach the conflict could be the deciding factor in whether or not you reach your desired result.

Knowing your conflict management style and when best to use it can help achieve desired outcomes. Contrary to popular opinion, negotiation isn’t…


Added by James Corngold on July 31, 2012 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Back to School Series for August

The Texas Conflict Coach Blog Talk Radio show announces the following

upcoming Back to School Series starting in the month of August, held every

Tuesday night from 7:00-7:30 pm CST/8:00-8:30 pm EST.

To participate, either go to the designated link for each show or call-in

live at 347-324-3591.…


Added by Patricia M Porter on July 31, 2012 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) Kenya Initiative

Members of the Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) new Kenya Initiative will be travelling to Kenya from August 7th through to August 21st, 2012 for an Assessment Visit.  If you're interested in more information about the Initiative feel free to like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KenyaTeamMBB…


Added by Enda Young on July 30, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

No 'Golden Bridge', $200 MILLION Wasted

In William Ury’s popular book Getting Past No, there is an important section titled “Building  A Golden Bridge” for the other negotiating party.  In essence, having an offer available that the…

Added by Jeff Thompson on July 30, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

What are the job prospects in ADR?

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…


Added by Andre Jackson on July 30, 2012 at 4:01am — No Comments


In the midst of conflict, it is common to feel confused – wondering what is happening and why, experiencing mixed emotions, feeling out of control or immobilized, and so on. At these times, we often don’t have a sense of what to do or what to say. Since our confusion obviously interferes with our ability to think clearly, we may tend to act and react on emotions. The outcome we want, how to get there, and how to manage our emotions are muddled in our hearts and brains.

Since we are in…


Added by Cinnie Noble on July 26, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Transformative Dialogue Reaches Africa

The same principles that guide transformative mediation are now being applied to ethnic and political conflict.  Read the full article here.

Added by ISCT by Dan Simon on July 22, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments


It’s not a straightforward exercise to figure out from where and how our assumptions come to us. Life experience, family, friends, teachers, observations, gossip, others’ tales, and a wide range of variables have an impact on our thinking. How we interpret peoples’ words, actions, behaviours, attitudes, etc. leads us to act and react in ways that are based on our assumptions - not necessarily on what is actually intended. Conflict can easily arise from erroneous perceptions and…


Added by Cinnie Noble on July 19, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Five methods to teach and promote empathy

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…


Added by Andre Jackson on July 18, 2012 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Better than simulations?

Negotiation teacher? Mediation trainer? If so, you certainly use simulation-games in your work, often. interested in knowing how effective they are? Want ideas for improving them - or replacing them with new teaching activities?

Check out this…


Added by Noam Ebner on July 18, 2012 at 5:15am — No Comments

What's Happening [07.17.12]


Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on July 16, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

American Bar Association Seeks Proposals for 2013 ADR Conference

The ABA's 15th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference is set for April 3-6, 2013 in Chicago, IL.  Billed as the country's largest dispute resolution event, the conference draws from varied and diverse groups including national and international ADR practitioners and organizations, corporate leaders, government employees, judges, court administrators, and academics.

Organizers are seeking proposals for presentations for concurrent CLE sessions, sessions at the Symposium…


Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on July 13, 2012 at 1:41pm — 2 Comments

Ombuds Programs are Growing Trend for Indian Corporations

A recent article in the India Times indicates that a growing number of Indian corporations are using Ombuds programs to handle internal and external grievances informally. In the past six months, HUL (Hindustan Unilever Ltd.), Ranbaxy Laboratories, SKS Microfinance Ltd., and Wipro Ltd. have created Ombuds offices. "It's not just about spelling out a whistleblower policy, but also about having a system that enables all stakeholders to raise concerns about wrongdoings fearlessly and have the…


Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on July 13, 2012 at 1:36pm — No Comments


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” (…


Added by Andre Jackson on July 13, 2012 at 3:10am — No Comments


One of the reactions to people who provoke us is to give them ‘the cold shoulder’. In the dictionaries I consulted, I found that the source of this is Sir Walter Scott. There is no reason explaining its derivation but rather descriptors of what the expression reflects, including words such as aloofness and disdain.

Idioms like this and others – for instance, ‘getting our noses out of joint’ - are vivid in the physical images they conjure up. When we are in conflict we usually show it…


Added by Cinnie Noble on July 12, 2012 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

When it's all about money. . . transformative mediation?

In my latest blog entry, I describe a discussion I have frequently with litigators.  Many litigators are accustomed to an approach to mediation characterized by a mediator who evaluates the case - and by a process that doesn't value direct communication.  Here's the article that explains why transformative mediation is the way to go when it's all about money.

Added by ISCT by Dan Simon on July 10, 2012 at 10:20pm — No Comments

What's Happening [07.10.12]

Beware of the Darkside?

For a long time now, I’ve been wondering about…


Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on July 9, 2012 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Thoughts on violent revolution, anarchism and social change…

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought it was time for a good old fashioned rant... J

Though I have a lot of friends who consider themselves anarchists, it’s a philosophy that I’ve never fully been able to agree with in any real sense. I often find myself in great debates over the practicality or some underlying, glaring contradictions that I can’t seem to wrap my head around. It’s not that I don’t see the problems with the way the world is currently being run, nor that I am…


Added by Rebecca Sargent on July 9, 2012 at 8:04pm — 2 Comments

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