Tables. Curiously fundamental yet unobvious.

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As Thanksgiving season arrived, I began picturing the day.  Of course, that was inseparable from the Thanksgiving table.  As a mediator, I perhaps give uncommon attention to tables, so some pondering ensued.

Is it too far a stretch to ask if tables might actually rival wheels as being game changers?  Really, consider their ubiquity and how integral they are.  What’s a meal without a table?  Or a meeting?  In many cases it’s even fair to ask, How much was achieved thanks in part to a table?

Curiously fundamental yet unobvious in their use, tables are essential in our lives.  They are central to where important, memorable things happen;  unimposing meeting points, if not what in fact draws us together.  Transcending miles and reasons by providing destinations and frameworks, alike, tables enhance attendance, gatherings, discussions and productivity.  No less, they play an important role in all the “showing up” that happens – something not to be taken for granted.

Of course, it’s the effort of organizing, the willingness to arrive, the dynamic that comes to life at the table, and all the possibilities which that engenders that give gravitas to what happens at the table.  But what would all that be like without a table?

About Maria Hanna Joseph

Maria Hanna Joseph is Principal of Joseph Mediation. Her 25 years of experience in employment law, include 16+ of work and mediating for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination which through which she has gained valuable insight into the MCAD, its practices and decision making. This, as well as her experience in plaintiff and defense litigation, with private and public sector clients, international and local business concerns, and in issues from harassment and discrimination, to noncompetition agreements, business operation, transgender workplace matters, retaliation and many others, lend her valuable perspective for understanding and mediating an array of legal and personal issues. In terms of volume, Maria has served more than 2,000 cases. Maria's practice has been honed with study of mediation at Harvard Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers, negotiation at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, and in the disciplines of Transformative Mediation and Family/Domestic Mediation, which are significant assets in managing the personal nature of employment disputes, and conflict in general. Attorneys and parties know Maria as candid, pragmatic and persevering in her commitment to help them achieve meaningful settlements while keeping sight of their most important interests. The insight and creativity afforded by her experience and training are realized in the resolutions that manifest. These qualities, along with her demeanor and the trust she engenders, have earned Maria a reputation for being able to manage highly tense and fraught situations and individuals, and settle a wide variety of disputes and tough cases.
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