Collaboration/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on October 7, 2019


In the September 19, 2019 edition of the WSJ, Joann Lublin wrote about “To Get Ahead, Rivals Get Along”. The finding of the article is that employers prefer to elevate collaborative executives. Collaborative behavior is sought out because it demonstrates effective leadership. Politics, we are told, has become a tribal affair. There is an element of group-think. To get along, you have to go along. Collaborative behavior, conversely, can lead to friendships and mutual respect.

In a mediation, two parties may be seeking differing goals. However, there is an overlap of interests and goals, necessarily. The goal of the mediation should be to help find that shared interest. Working collaboratively, even with a rival, may well lead to a lowering of tensions. It may lead to mutual respect. It surely has the advantage of making Win-Win a real possibility. Mediate don’t litigate.