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Peter Drucker/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

July 19, 2018

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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 […]

Addendum to Prior Post

June 24, 2018

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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 […]

Truth-Telling/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

May 27, 2018

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The media has been replete with discussions on the President and lying. How often does he lie, when does he lie, does he know he is lying, etc. One recent piece divided lies into three disparate categories. Who knew lying was worthy of such analysis? In the context of civil dialogue such as mediation process, […]

Respect/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

May 16, 2018

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Studs Terkel was an author, actor, and media presence for decades. His radio shows are going to be made available to new listeners online, 10 years after his death. In his memoir “Touch and Go” he explains the art of gaining people’s trust in the following way: “The person recognizes that you respect them, because […]

Tomorrow/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

May 6, 2018

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Just came across this quote about General (and later President) U. S. Grant: A heavy rain has started to fall. As I stood beneath a tree, smoking a cigar and trying to stay dry, I was visited by Gen. Sherman. “Well, Grant,” he said, “we’ve had the devil’s own day, haven’t we?” I replied, “Yes. […]

Mediation in the Open Spaces/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

February 2, 2018

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I chanced upon a short video on Youtube dealing with how a park in Germany has become safer due to attempts to use mediation to create a positive environment. The guiding principle of the mediation program is “Conversation; not Confrontation”. The video is brief but shows the multi-faceted reach of mediation principles and their application. […]

The Challenge of Cynicism/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 26, 2017

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In the December 26, 2017 edition of the LA Times, the author Noah Berlatsky wrote a piece entitled “The age of naive cynicism”. Mr. Berlatsky finds cynicism as being way too prevalent in our age. As he tells us, for those who believe the system is rigged, and things will never change, the resulting apathy […]