The Covid-19 Dispute

I guess I am doing what everyone else is doing these days; looking at the news through the lens of my training, expertise and experience. Thus, I am watching the issue of politics/economy vs. medicine play out as a dispute ripe for mediation. On one side is the plaintiff whom [Read More]

Happiness

As one might suspect, mediations are more likely to end in settlement when the participants are in a good mood or are happy.   Parties in bad moods make a mediator’s job more difficult; their overall negative outlook on life turns even the best settlement proposals into “bad deals”. So, when [Read More]

By |March 6th, 2020|Research|

Why Do I Serve Goodies During Mediations?

Like many mediators, I usually serve some food during a mediation  (along with water, coffee, tea etc.). Many of the participants are surprised and pleased when they come into the conference room and are greeted by these goodies. They probably think I am simply being hospitable. I am being more [Read More]

By |December 13th, 2019|News articles|

Have Faith in Another’s Honesty!

In any given mediation, I am often asked whether I think the other party is telling the “truth”, can she be  “trusted” ? et cetera. It is a hard question to answer, and I prefer to be positive and optimistic in my response by stating that I have no reason [Read More]

By |November 8th, 2019|Research|

Civility Precedes Empathy!

There can be no empathy where there is no civility. I was at a conference  recently during which one the presenters made this statement. It struck me as I had never thought about these concepts as being connected. But, indeed, they are. “Civility” is defined as “…the act of showing [Read More]