Open-Ended Communication

Open-Ended Communication

What is open-end communication? Not surprisingly, our style of communication affects how others interact with and perceive us, as well as what kind of information we can gather. During any conversation, questions are asked, and answers are given to: Clarify. Obtain information. Bring someone into a conversation. Keep a conversation going Experts on leadership, relationships, …

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Bad Fences Make Bad Neighbors

Bad Fences Make Bad Neighbors

“They’re just sore losers,” Myrna said. She had called me to ask whether I’d mediate between her and her neighbors, who were complaining about a fence she’d built and various other things. She’d won in arbitration, but the Smiths didn’t like the arbitrator’s decision, so they sued her in state court. The court told them, …

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The Broken Family

The Broken Family

The Central Valley of California, known for its good weather and rich soil, is considered the breadbasket of the country. The many people who live in this agricultural community work hard. They know that the literal fruits of their labors feed people, and they are proud of their role in society. They are strong believers …

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Responding to Hostile Emails

Responding to Hostile Emails

Hostile mail – especially email – has become much more common over the past decade. Most of this mail is just “venting,” and has little real significance. However, when people are involved in a formal conflict (a divorce, a workplace grievance, a homeowners’ association complaint, etc.) there may be more frequent and intensely hostile mail. …

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Med-Arb for Your Business Dispute

Med-Arb for Your Business Dispute

In 1998, Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich, then of the University of Kentucky, was asked to chart the future of arbitration in the 21st Century.  He suggested then that arbitrators would increasingly be asked to “wear more than one hat.” That is, he predicted the growth of hybrid forms of dispute resolution such as “med-arb,” a process …

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Handling Domestic Violence For Families

Handling Domestic Violence - ADR Times

The High Conflict Institute has developed a new method for handling high conflict family law cases, titled New Ways for Families™More information is available at our website. The purpose of this article is to address how New Ways can be used in domestic violence cases to reduce the conflict between the parents, move both parents …

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The Zen-Resolution Revolution

The Zen-Resolution Revolution

Ever have one of those moments where you were just so frustrated that you couldn’t think straight? Where all you could think about was the problem or source of your anxiety or anger? Where you couldn’t stop thinking about it – milling about it – no matter how hard you tried? Of course you have, …

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Overcoming Communication Breakdown By Finding Common Ground

Overcoming Communication Breakdown - ADR Times

Communication breakdown often leads to the doorway of anger, resentment, hostility, and the filing of a lawsuit. Often this doorway leads a prospective client to a member of the local bar. They sit down and together they discuss the merits of a potential lawsuit.Today’s top law schools such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Pepperdine (to …

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Dealing with the Pains of Divorce through Meaningful and Complete Apology

Complete Apology in Divorce - ADR Times

If you are contemplating divorce, in the midst of a divorce, or already have a divorce decree in hand, you know pressures of the legal process do not compare to the emotional turmoil you are experiencing. The emotional pressures can be quelled when you give a meaningful and complete apology. It has the effect of …

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