Two Parties, Two Sides/ Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 13, 2018

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In a post dated August 12, 2018, Professor Max H. Bazerman, of the Harvard Business School, discussed negotiation theory. What is it that many people in a negotiation forget to note? “Many people neglect to think about the other side’s point of view.” Think …”about the world from the other side’s perspective.” Each party believes […]

The Options We All Have/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 11, 2018

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Two asylum seekers on August 9, 2018 had been deported to El Salvador. When DC District Judge Emmet Sullivan learned of this plan, he expressed great displeasure with the fact that people fighting for their rights to stay in America were deported before a Court ruled on their request. The government decision of deportation had […]

Duluth,MN/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 4, 2018

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On July 30, 2018, Gerald F. Seib wrote an article for the WSJ on how leaders of the Duluth community had decided to temper the nasty tone of some local political discussions. Nastiness often prevailed when political issues became hotly contested. The leaders developed a nine-point program called “Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project”. As […]

Too Many Opinions/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 4, 2018

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Attorney Lisa Vance (LisaVanceLaw.com/blog)recently posted an article on her blogsite regarding family-offered opinions about why a person should get divorced. She cites an instance where an adult child advocated that her parent get divorced so the child could have an easier path to a potential inheritance. Less mundane reasons such as person likes and dislikes […]

Fake News/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 26, 2018

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On July 25, 2018, the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board wrote about why “fake news” is real. It added the following: “This willingness to believe any old nonsense, if repeated often enough, is called the ‘illusory truth effect,’ wrote Lisa Fazio, an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University who led a study three years ago into the […]

Peter Drucker/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

July 19, 2018

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Peter Drucker is known for lifelong contributions to management theory. It seems, however, that he may have been on to mediation theory well before the learning curve, as well. Any mediator can attest to the truism that underlies the following two Drucker quotes: “The effective decision-maker does not start out with the assumption that one […]

Civility 2.0/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

July 19, 2018

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On July 13, 2018, Paul Krugman of the NYT, wrote an op-ed on the president’s mistreatment of allies and coddling of venal dictators. He coined the phrase of “making bullying great again”. It merits a chuckle if nothing else. But how do you negotiate or discuss differences with those you disagree with? Is it possible […]