Browsing All Posts filed under »Listening and mediation«

Einstein & Win-Win/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

March 28, 2020

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The successful author, Stephen Covey, wrote a book that illustrates the principle of Win-Win. The title of the work is “The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life’s Most Difficult Problems”. The advice found in that work is simple: “Win-Win is a belief in the Third Alternative. It’s not your way or my way, it’s a better way.” […]

Dean Rusk on Persuasion/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

March 1, 2020

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Want a great quote about the power of mediation? Try this one by the 1960’s Secretary of State, Dean Rusk: “One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears — by listening to them.” The art of listening in a mediation begins with the mediator. However, the skilled mediator needs to model […]

Effective Mediating/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

March 1, 2020

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Dan Simon, a mediator who both practices and teaches, wrote for mediate.com in February 2020 on the concept of parenting by “looking away”. Sometimes a parent has to simply count on the ability of their children to make wise and constructive decisions on their own. Mr. Simon has a wonderful, if not laconic, sentence about […]

Listening is a Lost Art/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 14, 2019

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Dean Rusk, the late Secretary of State for two administrations, once said the following: “One of the best ways of persuading others is to listen to them.” One of the cardinal teachings of Dale Carnegie is that people want to know they are being heard. Strong leaders use their ability to listen to accomplish a […]

Rep. Jim Jordan’s Jacket/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

November 15, 2019

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The pugilistic US Representative (R-Ohio) does not wear a jacket to public hearings. When asked if he ever wears a jacket, he said that when he needs to show respect (e.g. a visit to meet President Trump) he does wear one. By implication, this means that being invited to attend the Impeachment Hearing is not […]

Rules of Mediation?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 28, 2019

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Dan Simon wrote a post on mediation for mediate.com (September 2019) entitled “Mediation Approaches: We Don’t Have Science, So Let’s Have principles”. Apparently, Mr. Simon does not see a reason for many ground rules in mediation sessions such as “Listen to each other” or “Don’t interrupt”. Why tell the parties how to conduct their session? […]

Trump 2.0/MartinRosenfeld, JD

June 22, 2019

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Supporters of President Trump are not all unaware of his perceived deficits among many Americans. How then can he get re-elected? The new hope seems to be that the negatives will be considered less important than the positive successes he has already attained. This post is not about political prognostication.However,there is something attractive about the […]