Browsing All Posts filed under »Mediation«

Peter Drucker/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

July 19, 2018

0

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

0

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 […]

Banality of Goodness?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 30, 2018

0

Hannah Arendt, A German-born philosopher of Jewish heritage, created the term “banality of evil” to describe Holocaust-era activities. It was her way of explaining how common-place activities (i.e. banal acts) could lead to monstrous results. In the July-August issue of Smithsonian magazine, Joshua Levine refer to common-place “goodness” and its designation as the “banality of […]

Addendum to Prior Post

June 24, 2018

0

In a follow-up to the comments by President Trump that were dismissive of Rep. Sanford, divorced in the prior post, the Washington Post tried to elicit comments by colleagues of Rep. Sanford. This was the reaction of one politico who was present when the comments were made: ” ‘It was a couple days long enough […]

Sticks and Stones/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 24, 2018

0

President Trump apparently contributed to the defeat of Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina by tweeting his desire to see Mr. Sanford go down in defeat in the Republican primary. That was not enough of an intervention for Mr. Trump. He then referred to Mr. Sanford in front of his colleagues as a “nasty guy”. […]

Our Better Angels/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 6, 2018

0

National Public Radio recently had an interview with Author, Jon Meacham. Mr. Meacham has written a book that is cited often in conversation, entitled “The Soul of America The Battle of Our Better Angels”. In the radio interview, Mr. Meacham has this to say: “And Woodrow Wilson, who’s a deeply problematic character but who wrote […]

“When the President Does It…”/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 3, 2018

0

One of the great moments of TV documentary, took place during the interview of former President Nixon by media personality, David Frost. Mr. Frost inquired if certain actions by President Nixon, such as the infamous Huston Plan, might correctly be deemed as illegal. President Nixon responded that “…Well when the President does it that means […]