How to Book a Mediator

In this post I thought I would cover the basics of how to book a mediator and how to suggest mediation to the other party. The bulk of this article will deal with the mediation of conflicts that would otherwise end in litigation (Employment and Grievance Mediation). How to Book a Mediator When it comes […]

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How to Find a Professional Mediator

What is a Professional Mediator? Professional services advertisements often include statements akin to “come to the professionals”. The first time I ever heard an ad like this was for laser eye surgery. It left me wondering if people getting amateur laser eye surgery was a big problem. It isn’t. Medicine has regulatory bodies to ensure […]

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Dealing With Grievances

Do you have a number of unresolved grievances? Are you wondering what you can do about them? Does the thought of dealing with grievances make you shudder? Elaine Newman discusses the trouble each side may have in dealing with grievances. She notes management falls victim to the 3 Ds Duck dealing with a question Defer […]

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Define Mediator | Mediator Defined

How Do You Define Mediator? The question of how you define mediator and how you define mediation certainly have related answers. In its simplest form the definition of mediator is a person who mediates. That is neither a satisfying or useful answer to the question. First we have a turn our minds to the process […]

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Alternative Dispute Resolution | What it is & How it Helps

Alternative Dispute Resolution vs Dispute Resolution There is some debate right now about whether the term dispute resolution or alternative dispute resolution is the proper name for Arbitration, Mediation and other options that are not litigation. The folks who want to keep alternative in the name see the traditional dispute resolution mechanism as being litigation […]

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17 Camels | How Others Help Resolve Conflict

In this TED talk negotiation guru William Ury talks about the secret to peace and how others help resolve conflict. Click Here to open video in new window 17 Camels He starts with the story of three brothers who were willed 17 camels. The first brother was given half the camels, the second brother was […]

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How Can Mandatory Mediation Be Voluntary?

Voluntary or Voluntold? Most Mediators, including me, think that one of the most foundational parts of mediation is its voluntariness. But we live in a world with mandatory mediation, so what gives? How can mediators define mediation by its voluntariness but support people being forced into mandatory mediation? Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program The Ontario Mandatory […]

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Spectrum of Mediation: Evaluative Mediator

This is the first of a three part series on the spectrum of mediation. The spectrum of mediation host three main types or styles of mediation from the most direction and influence of the mediator to the least these types are, Evaluative Mediation, Facilitative Mediation and Transformational Mediation. This post focuses on what Evaluative Mediation […]

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Trump vs Times

I spend a good portion of my time telling people about how mediation is a good option for resolving nearly all conflicts. I know you are asking when is mediation a bad idea? Is mediation ever a bad idea? Like all good rules there are some exceptions. Rarely mediation can be a waste of time. […]

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What is Mediation and Why is it Useful?

What is Mediation? It is Neutral The mediator is a person outside the dispute that does not have any interests at stake. Neutrality is important, because during a mediation all parties need to have faith that the mediator is dedicated to the process for the sake of finding a mutually agreeable solution. It is Voluntary […]

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