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A QuoteThat Says it All/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 27, 2019

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I just saw this quote: “When you’re at the edge of a cliff, sometimes progress is a step backwards.” — Anonymous This truism defines life with all its complexity. Sometimes, taking a step backwards is progress. In mediation, too, unless you are Wiley Coyote, don’t go over the cliff. Learn when it is time to […]

Under Attack/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 18, 2019

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There is an expression that in war the first casualty is truth. Nations often black out the news, distort the news, censor the news, etc so as to heighten the chances for victory. William Ury, mediator and author, has another take on a more benign attack. When a person is personally attacked, Ury maintains, s/he […]

Listening/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 18, 2019

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A good mediator must be a good listener. What happens when one feels s/he is being heard? William Ury, mediator guru, sums it all up in one sentence: “When you listen to someone, it’s the most profound act of respect.” Many complain in life that they are not “being heard”. It is often no wonder; […]

Mediation and Moccasins/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 4, 2019

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A dispute has more than one side. It is easier to resolve a dispute if both parties are also willing to view it from the other party’s side. There is an expression that advises us to “never judge a man until you walk a mile in his moccasins”. By viewing the other person’s perspective, you […]

Disruptive Behavior/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 4, 2019

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President Trump has been referred to, by supporters and detractors alike, as a disrupter. He does not follow the usual rules of Presidential protocol or behavior. Thus, he disrupts the traditional patterns of conducting Presidential business. He has veered from what was once considered to be “normal” behavior. In a mediation process, a relationship has […]