Imbalance of Power: How Factoring in Power Works

Imbalance of Power

The factors that contribute to an imbalance of power are often hard to notice on a day-to-day basis, but over time they contribute to an unhealthy dynamic if they are not addressed.  Imbalances of power can be found in every relationship that we engage in as humans, from our most vulnerable and trusted relationships with …

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Positional Bargaining Explained

Positional Bargaining

Parties preparing for negotiation may need the term “positional bargaining” explained. It is a negotiation strategy used to drive the bargain and attempt to secure a possible value from a bargaining session. Many people view bargaining as a harsh and poor form of negotiation. While it is true that this style of negotiation often results …

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Capacity Building Activities Explained

Capacity building

Capacity-building activities help a party to achieve its goals and solve issues that arise in its day-to-day operations. Capacity building evaluates the party’s ability to expand its operations and capacity to reach more of its goals in the future. Several broad types of capacity can be built as general categories, but capacity can be made …

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Divorce Mediation Checklist

Divorce mediation checklist

Our divorce mediation checklist will help you go through the divorce mediation checklist and negotiation process. When it’s time to divorce, there may be an urge to try and put the marriage entirely behind you. However, your life will probably be entangled with your spouse’s for a long time, especially if the marriage was long …

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Interests VS. Positions: Learn the Difference

Conflict resolution can be a tricky process, and even those familiar with mediation and negotiation tactics might not be aware of the distinction between positions versus interests. In essence, positions are what individuals say they want in an argument or disagreement – it’s their outwardly stated wishes for how to deal with the issue at …

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Avoiding Conflict in the Workplace

Avoiding Workplace Conflict

When considering places to try and bypass confrontation, avoiding conflict in the workplace is often at the top of the list. Most employees prefer to move through their tasks for the day without dealing with frustrated or angry coworkers or having to sit through endless meetings with their colleagues and bosses.  However, conflict in the …

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Concessions in Negotiation: The Strategy Behind Making Concessions

In any negotiation, there will always be some level of concessions made in order to come to an agreement. Even the most skilled negotiators will have to make small concessions in a negotiation to reach a potential agreement. But what is the best strategy for making negotiation concessions? And how can you ensure that you …

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Conflict Mediation Scenarios: Identifying & Solving Problems

Mediation is quickly becoming a way to resolve disputes within the workplace and other settings.  Looking at the different kinds of mediation scenarios that play out in mediation allows us to understand how helpful mediation can be.  Although conflict is a fact of life, mediation helps make it a manageable and productive part of life.  …

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What are Four Types of Out of Court Settlements?

Out of Court Settlements

Out-of-court settlements are becoming a common goal in a variety of disputes.  Due to the amount of time and energy that is required to take a dispute through litigation, many businesses, and parties, in general, are turning to alternative dispute resolution to keep issues out of the courts.  But many people are unaware of the …

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Value Conflicts Explained

Value Conflicts

What is a Value Conflict? Conflicts are an inherent part of social existence because we are in constant competition for resources.   We also are in conflict because we have different goals and different ideas about our place in society, what our rights, duties, and responsibilities to other people are, and what constitutes right, wrong, …

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