Mediation: What’s the Deal with Getting to a Deal

I am often asked why mediators can get a deal that the parties themselves can't. Mediators use a number of strategies and skills throughout the mediation process to help parties in conflict. The exact strategies they employ depend on the conflict and the parties since solutions need to be customized to what the parties are experiencing. The rough process for problem solving is welcoming the people to mediation, helping them share their perspectives, teasing out the issues at play, helping generate options that would solve the problem(s), evaluating the options and picking the best one and concluding with an agreement.

The Mediation Process

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You can find more information about mediation from Wakely Mediation or from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.

Or check our some more posts from the Negotiation and Mediation Blog below:

Controlling Your Emotions While Negotiating

Emotions While Negotiating Emotions are an essential part of any negotiation. Framing interests in a way that avoids negative emotions and promotes positive emotions in your other is important work. This post is not about those emotions. This post is about recognizing and dealing with your emotions while negotiating. To paraphrase William Ury, the greatest […]

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Mediation Supports Employee Mental Health

The emotional wellness of work is a big concern for employers and employees. Mediation can support many of the factors that experts say make workplaces psychologically safe. The Canadian Standards Association released a national standard on psychological health and safety in the workplace. This post explores how mediation supports employee mental health using the national […]

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Empathy in Negotiations

Empathy while negotiating is essential to maximizing value and closing deals. Empathy is the act of understanding the emotions of the other negotiators. Negotiators are People First In Getting to Yes Fisher and Ury observed that negotiators are people first and encouraged you to separate the people from the problem. They taught that it was […]

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