Morton’s Resolution Model: Conflict is Good

Morton’s Resolution Model

The idea that conflict will have either constructive or destructive results is the main thesis behind Morton Deutch’s The Resolution of Conflict. Deutch’s 1973 work paved the way for much further sociological and psychological research on the effects of conflict and how it can influence our lives. Understanding this model can be key to working with …

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Negative Sum Games: Situations That Destroy Value

Negative sum games – what does it mean? While most people attend a mediation or negotiation hoping to walk away with the most possible value, when the goodwill between the parties breaks down, they may leave the table with little to nothing to show for their work.  When both parties leave the table feeling as …

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Intractable Conflicts: A Detailed Analysis

intractable Conflict

When conflicts last between parties and it seems like there are no options to move past, it may be time to move beyond intractability and find creative solutions to solve the conflict and restore some of the relationships between the parties.  Intractable conflicts involve a variety of issues, but their common characteristic is the resistance …

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How Do Lawyers Negotiate Settlements: A Guide

How Do Lawyers Negotiate Settlements

You may be wondering what goes into the settlement process and just how lawyers negotiate settlements. When you are harmed by someone else’s negligence, like in a car accident, you may decide to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. While the litigation process can bring just compensation and help you resolve an insurance claim, …

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What are the 5 Requirements for Adverse Possession?

What are the 5 Requirements for Adverse Possession

What are the 5 Requirements for Adverse Possession? Adverse possession, often referred to as squatter’s rights, is a legal principle that includes 5 requirements that allow a person to claim ownership of a property if they have occupied it for a certain period without the true owner’s permission. Though laws can vary by jurisdiction, there …

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Mediation vs. Litigation: What is the Difference

mediation vs litigation

When facing a legal dispute, one consideration that has to be made is whether to choose mediation vs litigation to settle it. Alternative dispute resolution such as mediation is less costly but there are many reasons to choose the litigation process. Comparing the two processes will often result in a lot of differences, and the …

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Siege Mentality: An In-Depth Look

Siege Mentality

The siege mentality has become more apparent and more discussed as of late with the current political climate in the United States and many other countries. Understanding what siege mentality is, what causes siege mentality, and its effects on a personal and societal level can be beneficial for anyone trying to navigate life as we …

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Responding to the Types of Workplace Conflict

Types of Workplace conflict

The types of workplace conflict are universal, but the conflict resolution steps vary.  When conflicts arise, these workplace conflicts can result in decreased productivity and interfere with the culture of the team, the general work environment, or the company as a whole. Conflict in the workplace needs to be addressed quickly and efficiently to ensure …

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What is the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS)?

FMCS New Mediator Class of 2019

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is the nation’s largest independent public agency for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and conflict management, providing mediation and conflict resolution services in the private, public, and federal sectors.

Who Is a Mediator? Their Roles & Duties

Who Is a Mediator

Who is a mediator? A mediator is a neutral third party who facilitates dialogue between conflicting parties to help them reach a resolution. This individual does not impose decisions but rather guides the conversation to enable the disputants to find their own solutions. The mediation process emphasizes collaboration, understanding, and agreement. A mediation session can …

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