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A Mediator and “Full-Service”/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

November 7, 2018

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A mediator is a professional who helps parties involved in disputes avoid reaching an impasse. But the Mediator may truly be able to impact on lives in ways not conveyed in a simple job-description. Because of her/his role of trust, a Mediator might find that there is a role to play in the following mental […]

The Many Faces Of …/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 26, 2018

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In the September 25, 2018 New York Times, Frank Bruni wrote about “The Many Faces of Brett Kavanaugh”. Was he a gentleman as some say, or a drunken predator, as others charge? Mr. Bruni’s tentative answer is that might it not be possible that he was both, but at different times or in different situations? […]

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. […]