Compromise vs. Negotiation: Which Is Better?

Compromise Vs. Negotiation

When it comes to achieving goals, it’s important to know the difference between compromise and negotiation. Both are effective tools, but they each have their own strengths and weaknesses.  There are times when negotiating with the other side is more beneficial than compromising. While the negotiation process typically involves a bit of compromise, most people …

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Who Can Be an Arbitrator?

Who Can Be an Arbitrator?

    Who can be an arbitrator? Let’s find out! I. The arbitration boom. Arbitration is booming. The United States Department of Labor estimates that the demand for arbitrators will grow at twice the rate expected for other occupations between now and the end of the decade. Nor is the trend confined to the United …

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What Type of Communication Skills are Women More Likely to Use?

What Type of Communication Skills are Women More Likely to Use?

What type of communication skills are women more likely to use? Let’s find out! Gender differences can influence communication styles, and someone’s gender expression can affect communication skills. This is often the result of teaching and instruction as children and young adults that outdated cemented ideas of how men and women should communicate; however, these …

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Who Can be a Mediator?

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Who can be a mediator? The role of a mediator is one that many people may only consider once they participate in a dispute where they encounter a mediator. For some, becoming a mediator may feel like an unattainable or unfamiliar goal because the role can have misunderstandings or assumptions about how to become a …

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Gendered Communication and Gender-Sensitive Language

Gendered Communication

What is gendered communication? The way that people in power speak about everyday tasks and life has a direct impact on the inclusion of all people responding to it.  Have you ever felt excluded based solely on your gender stereotypes?  For many people in traditionally male-dominated fields, this can be the case quite often, even …

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Lose Lose Situations

Lose Lose Situations

A lose-lose situation occurs when both parties leave a negotiation in a worse place than when they started.  Lose-lose situations, along with win-lose situations and win-win outcomes, are an idea made popular by the game theory of negotiation.  Game theory refers to how a two-party, adversarial negotiation can be carried out and the ways that …

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What Does an Arbitrator Do?

What Does an Arbitrator Do?

What does an arbitrator do? Disputes that find themselves in court are very public and often messy for the parties to deal with.  However, not every dispute can be resolved through mediation or other collaborative means. This could leave a portion of disputes without a resolution, but an arbitrator may be the answer to those …

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What is a personal power? Unlocking Your Full Potential

What is a Personal Power?

Personal power is an important ability for people to understand and develop because its use can help encourage and develop one’s own career and the careers and lives of those around them. When someone can control a room and encourage the people around them to be their best, they have likely honed their personal power …

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Human Resources Guidebook to Workplace Conflict

Of all the departments that will need to deal with conflict effectively in a workplace, the human resources department is the most likely.  Outside of the hiring process, most employees will only interact with human resources during times of conflict, which often makes human resource departments the least favorite team to interact with for an …

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