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IAM Blog - Summary of ArticlesIn the IAM Blog, members of the International Academy of Mediators share their wisdom about how mediation can best be used to resolve serious conflicts, including approaches, techniques and perspective. This blog offers insights and thinking from one of the top groups of mediators in the world.
The Suffocating Air of Superiority: Why Mediators Across the Practice Spectrum Should Practice What They Preach – Listen More and Judge Less
Civility is more critical to the mediation process than to any other form of dispute resolution. The reasons are several: First, unlike trial and arbitration, success in mediation depends entirely upon adversaries agreeing. No agreement; no deal. To no surprise, civility helps draw people toward a consensus, while incivility has the opposite effect...to read more click here
The word “ombudsman” comes from a Swedish term that dates back to 1809, when the Swedish parliament decided to protect citizens’ rights by establishing a supervisory agency independent of the government. Dictionaries differ, but many in...to read more click here
A few months ago, I spent a couple of days in and around Dublin, discussing an initiative on respectful political dialogue with politicians, academics and conflict resolution...to read more click here
Clients who are new to mediation may think it is not important, or is rude, to try to tell their own advocates what they expect them to do to prepare for mediation. It is, after all, the lawyer’s responsibility to do their job and to do it well. However, lawyers don’t always have the perspective to fully understand what...to read more click here
How to Deal with Yawning Gaps in Bargaining Positions
Seven Questions to Engage the Politically Polarized
What “The Blind Men and the Elephant” Can Teach Us About Mediation
Frequently, disputes arise out of the different perspectives of the parties. Parties may observe the same facts but their perceptions of what happened and why may turn on where they stood, what role they were playing or what they were thinking at the time of the occurrence or event in controversy...to read more click here
Mediators are masters of listening. Conflict has a habit of turning conversations into competitions, with each statement feeling like a serve that you have to return in order to win a point. Mediators transform the purpose of these conversations from “winning” into understanding one another and working towards resolution...to read more click here
Conflicts in high-performance sports (HPS) – those involving athletes competing at the national, international or professional levels – are typically tense and emotionally charged experiences for the athletes, coaches, and sports organizations involved...to read more click here
Experienced mediators know that the resolution of disputes involves the people and the problem as much as the positions. At the same time, most parties will use as a benchmark for settlement decisions the expected results at trial should a dispute not be amicably resolved...to read more click here
A closing workshop at an International Academy of Mediators conference was titled Transformative Moments in Mediation. Colleagues shared “war stories,” reminding all of us that every mediation involves real people whose lives have been impacted in a variety of ways by the events which spawned their conflict, and that every mediation could provide the opportunity to experience a transformative moment...to read more click here
Some Honest Talk About "Lying" At Mediation: An Open Letter
I look forward to welcoming you at our upcoming mediation session. As your mediator, it is my responsibility to remain as neutral as can be, conduct the process in a manner that is fair to everyone, and to help the parties talk and think about this dispute, hopefully concluding with a settlement...to read more click here
Mediation Kindness in 2017?
The Pros and Cons of a Very Public Settlement
Reframing the Mediation Lexicon
Why I Decided to Write Agreed!, the 10,000th Book about Negotiation and Mediation
Please note that each IAM Blog posting represents the view of its individual author, but not necessarily others associated with IAM. IAM Blog Editor Keith L. Seat may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.