How Does An Arbitrator Decide Who To Believe?

It is common at an arbitration hearing for each side to present diametrically different versions of the dispute. This is especially true in cases of sexual harassment in which the accuser tells one story and the accused tells a completely different story. In such cases, it is the Arbitrator’s responsibility to determine who is telling …

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The Power Of “And”

The word “and” is short but powerful. It connects as well as includes. It adds rather than negates. The word “and” provides energy in collaboration and contributes momentum toward synergy. This word enables people with differing perspectives to find common ground. It can supply motivation when opposing parties may be losing hope of achieving their …

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Fairytales & Myths Applying The Hero Story To Mediation

Everybody wants to be a hero. Joseph Campbell’s seminal work The Hero with a Thousand Faces concluded many if not most cultures’ traditional stories, fairytales, and myths embody an element of “hero.” Campbell found these stories often follow a similar plot—the hero’s journey—where the hero arises from his or her mundane surroundings to experience something …

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Is My Case Ripe For Settlement?

A cake recipe says to add all of the required ingredients, and then place it in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. The chef, who is in a rush, takes a shortcut and leaves out an important cooling process and places the cakes in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, hoping …

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Mediating With Insurance Companies – 10 Ways To Be Successful

It’s no secret that insurance carriers have altered their practices in the past several years. Authority and independent judgment they previously possessed has been removed from adjusters, managers, and supervisors as executives in the companies strive for uniformity in claims handling and ironclad control over settlement decisions. Rarely at mediation is there a person present …

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Healing The Energy of Conflict by Hass Sadeghi

Let’s be real; Conflict can bring up some deep pain and associated underlying energies — I’m not referring to pain that you can put a band-aid on or have a doctor fix. I’m talking about the deep-rooted and “psycho-spiritual” pain that makes one feel intense emotional responses triggered by a Conflict. When we are faced …

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