“conflict resolution”

21 07, 2017

The Pitfalls of “Moral” Politics

By |2017-07-13T15:07:52-08:00July 21st, 2017|Conflict resolution|1 Comment

Morality and “moral” politics seem to be in the news lately. I came upon an article in the Science and Technology section of The Economist (June 22, 2017 edition) discussing “political morality”. Noting that this may be an oxymoron, the article discusses studies showing that politicians who take a position and then change their minds [...]

7 10, 2016


By |2017-05-13T07:41:50-08:00October 7th, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

I read an article today in the New York Times that I cannot get out of my mind.  Entitled “A Rabbi’s Enduring Sermon on Living Your Last Five Minutes” by Samuel G. Freedman (October 1, 2016), it is about Rabbi Kenneth Berger delivering a sermon on Yom Kippur in 1986 which he entitled “ Five [...]

26 08, 2016

Bring Them Cake!

By |2017-05-13T07:42:01-08:00August 26th, 2016|Negotiating|0 Comments

This blog may not have much to do with mediation but has everything to do with conflict resolution. It is a tribute to Nathanial (Nat) Pollack- my father in law – who passed away suddenly (of a heart attack) on August 13, 2016. My father in law had an extraordinary life. During World War II- [...]

9 10, 2015

The Upside of Anger

By |2017-05-13T07:44:30-08:00October 9th, 2015|Conflict resolution, New Articles, Research|1 Comment

In most disputes, when people get angry- it is a bad sign! It usually means that the dispute will NOT get resolved, and that one or the other party will leave in a huff.  Indeed, neuroscience teaches us that when the  parts of our brain  that control our emotions are operating in full force, there is [...]

24 07, 2015

The Words We Use

By |2017-05-13T07:45:06-08:00July 24th, 2015|Negotiation Strategy, Research|0 Comments

As a mediator, I have learned to choose my words carefully. The way I phrase something will make all the difference in the world between gaining someone’s trust and angering them. The importance of wording is brought home by Kenneth Cloke in his book, The Dance of Opposites (Goodmedia Press, 2013). His first chapter entitled “The [...]

3 07, 2015


By |2015-07-18T05:23:19-08:00July 3rd, 2015|Odd stuff|0 Comments

Happy July 4th! I hope each of you and your families enjoy the holiday! As I am in the business of conflict resolution or resolving disputes, I got to thinking about the back story behind  July 4th. After all, it was a dispute that got settled by guns and warfare and not by a conflict [...]

19 12, 2014

Giving Yourself Permission

By |2017-05-13T07:46:45-08:00December 19th, 2014|Odd stuff|0 Comments

The holidays are upon us, and with them come the usual stress and tension that family events often bring. Over Thanksgiving, I had an experience that put it in perspective for me. Although I am supposed to be the conflict resolution person, it was a cousin that gave me a very much needed “reality check”, [...]