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26 04, 2019

Should “Hostility” Be in my Toolbox?

By |2019-04-10T16:11:03-07:00April 26th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

The Cambridge online dictionary defines “mediator” as “…a  person who tries to end a disagreement by helping the two sides to talk about and agree on a solution.” Implied in this is that the mediator will be kind, helpful, friendly, respectful, and any other positive trait necessary to build trust and a relationship with the parties. The adage that “you catch more [...]

19 04, 2019

Will I Be Made Redundant?

By |2019-04-19T14:52:04-07:00April 19th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

A great fear of mine is that with the blossoming of artificial intelligence (AI), my skills as a mediator will be replaced by a robot. This fear crept into my conscious again upon reading an article posted by Nick Hilborne on February 19, 2019 entitled , “Robot Mediator settle first ever court case.” Evidently, in [...]

12 04, 2019

A New Tool in my Toolbox!

By |2019-03-28T10:57:36-07:00April 12th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

The  other day I stumbled upon a tweet mentioning a “velvet hammer”. Wondering what it was, I googled the reference and came upon an article discussing its meaning and use; Why the ‘velvet hammer’ is a better way to give constructive criticism by Stephanie Vozza. Taking issue with the what she calls the “sandwich method” [...]

22 03, 2019

Moral Disengagement, Part 2!

By |2019-03-18T15:28:04-07:00March 22nd, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

Several weeks ago, I posted a blog about moral disengagement regarding the bad call in the Saints- LA Rams game that effectively allowed the LA Rams to win a trip to the Super Bowl. ( As you know, the LA Rams lost to the New England Patriots- their sixth Super Bowl win!) This notion of [...]

8 03, 2019

What NOT to File with the Court!

By |2019-03-04T16:27:16-07:00March 8th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

No doubt you have had these same thoughts: after hearing or reading something, you wonder what on earth was the person thinking? Were they on drugs or something? Where was their self-restraint or the little person inside their head yelling “NO!NO!NO! DON’T DO IT!” This musing is brought about by a partially published opinion issued [...]

21 09, 2018

Generating Multiple Options!

By |2018-09-12T12:32:42-07:00September 21st, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

Attending a mediation requires making difficult decisions. It also requires weighing options. Do we settle? Not settle? Under what conditions? Should we hold out for more favorable terms? Or settle now? And so on. Well… The New York Times published an article in its Sunday Review Section on September 1, 2018 that may help answer [...]

31 08, 2018

Don’t Take It Personally!

By |2018-08-27T15:12:56-07:00August 31st, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

Senator John McCain died last Saturday- August 25, 2018. And since then, tributes and remembrances have been pouring in from all over the world. Except for one person: The President of the United States. On Saturday, in a very terse tweet, he sent his condolences and sympathies to Senator McCain’s family, not focusing on the [...]

24 08, 2018

Revenge as a Learning Experience

By |2018-08-08T11:34:40-07:00August 24th, 2018|News articles|1 Comment

No doubt, at some point in your life, you have wanted to take revenge against someone who “did you wrong”. It may have been a casual remark that did not sit well with you or an action someone took that upset you greatly or perhaps someone “threw you under the bus” to further her own [...]