Alex Yaroslavsky

Alex Yaroslavsky
Alex Yaroslavsky is a mediator, arbitrator and trainer with over 15 years of conflict resolution experience.www.conflictyes.com

Sincere Apologies Only, Please

Today I woke up to another social media take-down: Britt McHenry suspended over her videoed tirade.  Her car was towed, she was pissed, and took out her rage at the clerk who seemed to handle the who thing incredibly well. I can understand the impulse...

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Dealing with an Inconsistent Boss

Recently a client asked me how to deal with her difficult boss.  She felt angry and upset about her manager’s duplicitous management style.  He professed a democratic, consensus-building style while making command decisions.  At the same time, he seemed...

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The “Value” of Language

Last month I had a commercial mediation that took an unexpected turn.  It began as most of my mediations do - everyone gathered in a conference room, I framed the discussion with an opening statement.  Then, each of the parties explained their view, aided by...

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When to Caucus

I supervised a mediation today between a landlord and a tenant. Both wanted to part ways - but were locked in a feud that kept the tenant from moving out. The landlord was arrogant, the tenant emotional and the mediators, earnestly albeit unsuccessfully,  tried...

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Working With a Co-Mediator

A former student contacted me today, asking about working with a co-mediator who had a different mediation style. It seems his approach was to help the parties solve their concrete problems, while my student's approach was to understand the relationship issues...

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To Be Or Not To Be … a Mediator

Yesterday I received a call from a woman who had been enthusiastically pursuing a career in mediation, until words from one of her friends filled her with trepidation. In short, the friend warned:“There are non-lawyer mediators who have "successful" practices but the...

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