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Details/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 19, 2021

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Ashley Parker, of the Washington Post, was interviewed by Brian Williams on Monday night. She reported that the one task President Trump truly enjoys is exercising his pardon power. She stated that POTUS is “pouring” over details of people’s lives who are being considered for a pardon. To him, the pardon power is a power […]

Confusion/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

January 3, 2021

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Alan Cohen is a co-founder of an entity named Liazon. He is known as an innovator in the business world. A quote of Mr. Cohen’s has gone viral: “Confusion is the last stop on the way to clarity.” Sometimes, in our lives we see the truth of the statement that “The night is darkest just […]

A Quote For a Year That Has Passed/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

January 3, 2021

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This past year of 2020 was one filled with divisions, fighting words, and verbal assaults. It is helpful to consider a quote that talks of peace and a pursuit of peace. This quote is by Peter Drucker: “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” Sometimes what is not said […]

The Steak Dinner Clause/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

December 19, 2020

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I just read about a most unique solution to a potential deal-breaker. Hootsuite is an on-line educational service which reaches clients via a Vendor. The deal was described by CEO Ryan Holmes in a July 26, 2016 blog post. The deal hit a roadblock when Vendor and Hootsuite could not agree as to whose responsibility […]

Your Own Facts/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 19, 2020

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The late Senator Patrick Moynihan of NY is often quoted about the impact of truth. Specifically, he said: “You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.” As the current Administration comes to an end, this is of timely import. However, it relates to mediation process as well. […]

Peaceful Coping /Martin Rosenfeld, JD

November 28, 2020

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In the November 25, 2020 WSJ, Elizabeth Bernstein provided, in her article about politics and polarization, communication tips from William Doherty. How does one talk to someone whose views differ from their own? This article preceded Thanksgiving, and clearly there was an assumption that Holidays bring people together (at least on Zoom), this leads to […]

Taking Control/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 26, 2020

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The more I blog on mediation, the more I see how how many components go into a process of mediation. I just read a September 2020 blog piece by mediator Michael Jacobs at mediate.com. The theme of this piece was that of taking control. Everybody wants to control important situations. How doe one get two […]

A Crucial Skill/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 26, 2020

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Here is a sentence fragment. See if you can fill in the missing word. “It is almost impossible to hate a person whom we fully…”. The fragment is attributed to Rabbi Ralph Nichols. He was considered a pioneer in the “field of listening”. The complete sentence reads “It is almost impossible to hate a person […]

Win-Win By the Numbers/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 5, 2020

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The Program on Negotiation of Harvard University had a discussion on Win-Win at https://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/win-win-daily/what-is-a-win-win-negotiation? (August 22,2020). Win-Win is a concept that states that two parties, with seemingly different goals, could get to a point where they “won” on the points most important to them. The following example serves to bring this point home: “3. Different […]

Styles of Obama & Biden/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

August 17, 2020

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Alex Thompson is the Political National Reporter for Politico.com. On August 14, 2020, he wrote a piece discussing the relationship between President Obama and his VP, Joseph Biden. (“The President Was Not Encouraging: What Obama Really thought About Biden”)Clearly the two men had different styles and personalities. Some of the insights found in the article […]