12 04, 2019

A New Tool in my Toolbox!

By |2019-03-28T10:57:36-08:00April 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” [...]

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 [...]

12 05, 2017

What is your Goal?

By |2017-05-13T07:39:55-08:00May 12th, 2017|Conflict resolution|0 Comments

I just obtained a teaching position as a Lecturer of Law (aka adjunct professor) at University of Southern California Gould School of Law teaching the mediation ethics portion of an ADR Ethics class. One of the issues we will be discussing is the conflicting goals of the participants (that is, the parties, their attorneys, and [...]

6 01, 2017

A Resolution for the New Year

By |2017-05-13T07:41:11-08:00January 6th, 2017|News articles|1 Comment

About a week before Christmas, LiveScience published an article reviewing two studies suggesting “… that our brains prompt us to act more like Santa than Scrooge. (Id. at Your Giving Brain: Are Humans Hardwired for Generosity? by Mindy Weinberger (December 19, 2016.).) Based on two different research experiments, the researchers concluded that “… human behavior [...]

20 05, 2016

Risk Taking: It is a matter of biology.

By |2016-05-03T10:40:01-08:00May 20th, 2016|Research|0 Comments

Are you a risk taker? Or, are you a risk averter? According to a recent article in the New York Times (Rats That Tend to Gamble Help Reveal Science of Risk by Pam Belluck, March 24, 2016 at page A21), the answer lies in a specific type of neuron or nerve cell in the brain. [...]

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 [...]

11 01, 2013

A Mediator’s Wish List

By |2017-05-13T07:33:10-08:00January 11th, 2013|News articles|Comments Off on A Mediator’s Wish List

Somehow, several years ago, I got on the mailing list for The Indian Arbitrator which is the "News Magazine of the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation." Its articles do not focus solely on developments in India but actually on things occurring throughout the world. The January 2013 issue (Volume 5, Issue 1) containes an [...]