Efficiency Tips For Early & Half-Day Mediations

Having mediated many recently-filed cases in half-day sessions, I know:  Early mediation works; half-day sessions are ample in the majority of cases; and most settle and yield satisfying results with less damage to heal from.  Of all, the greatest thing I’ve learned is that people are more capable (and desirous) of settling than realized.

There is more to be said, but here are some basic tips for successful half-day sessions:

  • Recognize and mediate soonest the cases which pose the greatest risk of diminishing returns. The well being of your client and your practice are both good reasons. (Related post: Beware of Diminishing Returns)
  • Be determined to be efficient and finish within the time allotted.  You’ll move boldly in a shorter time and be more decisive.
  • Come with your information in hand. Bring chronologies, statements, legal support, etc. to substantiate your assertions.
  • Come to terms with what information you lack and the cost of possibly obtaining it, and valuate accordingly.
  • Do not get distracted by what you might find with a little more time or discovery.  Chances are, others could obtain something more helpful to them, too.

By mediating with someone experienced and practiced at this pace, and who is mindful and helpful in working with these factors overall, you’ll be able to make the most of the settlement opportunity.

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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?

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Recognize: The Importance Of Nuanced Delivery

Harvard Business Review – Professional Transitions

“The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important”

FEBRUARY 15, 2017
artifical-intelligence“The booming growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), like most transformational technologies …  It’s exciting to consider all the ways our lives may improve, from managing our calendars to making  medical diagnoses, but it’s scary to consider the social and personal implications — and particularly the implications for our careers. As machine learning continues to grow, we all need to develop new skills in order to differentiate ourselves. But which ones?  … ”  Read more.
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Some Thank Yous


This is a special time of year for remembering all there is to be grateful for.  As part of that, I give thanks for friends and colleagues who make our professions and lives more fulfilling.

I am thankful for your hard work day in and day out, bringing your best efforts and determination to the work of resolving conflicts and relieving burdens for your clients and associates.

I am thankful for your generosity and your willingness to go above and beyond, not only by job but also by deed in working with integrity and high purpose.

And I am thankful that you increase the good in our community.  Every resolution is a testament to the positive ability we each hold to manage and overcome difficulties.

I hope you celebrate all you have contributed and achieved.  My best wishes for a very happy Holiday Season and New Year!


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On my grateful list


During this month of Thanksgiving, I have been reflecting on the things I am most grateful for. One of the greatest is our talented and dedicated community of peace makers and problem solvers. Thank you for the work you do to make burdens lighter and fewer. Without your commitment, creativity, and high standards we would not thrive as we do.

I am very grateful to be able to do this work with you.  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with abundance and heartfelt moments.

Warm wishes,

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