Browsing All posts tagged under »Negotiation«

Wisdom From a Former President/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 1, 2018


Jon Meacham, an historian and author, wrote a piece for the NY Times on December 29. 2017. His contribution was entitled: “Donald Trump and the Limits of the Reality TV Presidency”. Mr. Meacham quotes President Eisenhower about leadership style: “You do not lead by hitting people over the head. Any damn fool can do that, […]

Jumping on a Log/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

July 16, 2017


I saw the following quote in an article on business practice: “Just because you see a log floating in the water, does not mean you have to jump on it.” In business, this likely means there is no obligation to follow every lead towards an investment, sale, etc. In a negotiation or mediation, it may […]

Negotiating Tip/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

June 19, 2016


This negotiation strategy comes from this week’s segment of the Harvard Program on Negotiation: Sunday Minute Summary: Don’t just focus on what each party wants in your negotiations. Adopt an investigative mindset and ask why? A teacher of mine once stated that people do not do things without reason. They may do things for a […]

Defining Success in Mediations/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

September 11, 2014


A mediator and trainer, Katherine Graham, recently penned an article at on “What’s a ‘Successful’ Mediation?”. Some of Ms. Graham’s points will be outlined here: THE PARTIES ENGAGED WITH THE PROCESS In successful mediations, parties communicate. They speak and they listen. Successful mediations are marked by honesty and respect. Parties who have adverse interests […]

Justice For the Agunah, The Bais Din, Shabbos, and He Who Would Withhold a Get/Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

June 7, 2014


(This article is reprinted with permission by Rabbi Safran. It has appeared at MR) Not every marriage is successful. Despite our desire for each to be perfect, we know the truth is that there are hundreds of reasons a man and a woman, once joined in love and joy, should no longer remain together. […]

Are You Ready For Divorce?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

May 27, 2014


The website,, focused on an article that appeared in 2008 and was well-received. The title of the article was :”Are You Ready For Divorce? The 8 Questions You Need to Ask”. This article, written by two non-attorneys, Bruce Derman and Wendy Gregson, raises a wide range of thoughtful points. There is one point I […]

Mediation and Positive Thinking/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

March 13, 2014


There is an apocryphal story about a minister’s son who was likewise planned to enter the clerical life. The son asked his father what quality he needed to be a successful clergyman. The father answered that one needed a gift of imagination. The son was confused and asked for clarification. The answer: “When you get […]