Jeff Thompson's Blog – March 2009 Archive (24)

Was a Terror Suspect, Now a Mediator (plus more news)

Originally posted at Enjoy Mediation on 3.30.09

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Was a Terror Suspect, Now A Mediator

Pakistan is using ex-terror suspect Hyarbyar Marri as a mediator between the terror outfit which kidnapped UN official John Solecki and the government to get the American citizen released.

Marri, recently acquitted of terrorism charges in the UK, was approached by Pakistan’s… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 30, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mediation Program so Successful, It's goingto be Canceled!

Originally posted at Enjoy Mediation 03.27.09 Note: for active news links, click above link



Mediation Program on the Chopping Block



That's right, despite the fact that the mediation program between Police and civilians in San Fransisco is doing so good, it is still on the chopping block because of the budget woes.



How successful is the program? participants in the program have given it a… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 27, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

(Update) Mediation & Arbitration are no longer the same

Originally posted at Enjoy Mediation



Note: Today's earlier post [here] has an update. Looks like there was an oversight and this is what I recieved a little bit earlier via email from Carol Kinsley, an assistant to the article's author, E. Ralph Hostetter:

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There should have been another sentence (underlined below), based on Mendelsohn's article.

Mr. Hostetter's column should read:Under the new legislation if the two… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 25, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Mediation & Arbitration Are The Same

Originally posted at Enjoy Mediation on 03.25.09

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Mediation and Arbitration are the Same Thing



At least this is how I read this paragraph:



Under the new legislation, if the two parties cannot reach an agreement, either may request mediation from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Note the following sentence has been added as per this… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 25, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

7 Elements of Negotiation, Part 7: Commitment

Originally posted at Enjoy Mediation on 03.24.09

7 Elements of Negotiation



Part 7: Commitment



Mission accomplished. As a negotiator, you closed a deal and you are better off. As the mediator, you helped both sides explore the issues and then find a suitable, acceptable option.



The last part of the of the seven elements should not be passed over or forgotten just because you are at the finish line or even feel… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 24, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

7 Elements of Negotiation, Part 6: Communication

Originally posted at Enjoy Mediation on 03.23.09

7 Elements of Negotiation



Part 6: Communication




I if had a personal mantra, it would be Communication, Understanding, Peace. For people to understand each other (no, i do not necessarily mean agree), there has to be a clear line of communication, that goes in each direction equally.



If you want more misunderstandings in life, don't… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 23, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Poker & Negotiation= The Same Thing?

Hold'em & Negotiation



Victoria Pynchon has put together a wonderful presentation showing you how to win millions in Texas Hold'em.



Not really, but almost just as good, she shows how similar strategies can be used in both.



Well worth a look (btw, I love the Colin Powell quote!).



Click Here to Check it… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 21, 2009 at 6:38pm — No Comments

U.S. Dept of Peace??... & more ADR News

Originally posted on 03.20.09 at Enjoy Mediation

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(note: parts 6 & 7 of the 7 Elements of Negotiation will appear Monday and Tuesday)



No More Police Raids: China and Europe Agree to Talk

There was no dawn raid by police to seize patent-infringing MP3 players at this year's Cebit trade show -- but behind the scenes, haggling over technology… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 20, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

7 Elements of Negotiation, Part 5: Legitimacy

Originally posted at Enjoy Mediation on 03.19.09

7 Elements of Negotiation



Part 5: Legitimacy




How do you prove your offer or options are fair? How do you prove the other side's offer is not fair? finding a neutral, external standard defines the legitimacy of the offers being made.



Ask yourself, how would such a deal be viewed by a third party?



If it is a money situation, is… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 20, 2009 at 7:34am — No Comments

7 Elements of Negotiation, Part 4: Options

Originally posted on 03.18.09 at Enjoy Mediation

7 Elements of Negotiation



Part 4: Options




You are now past the early stages of the negotiation/mediation. It is now time to generate some movement. When each side has expressed their interests, next you look at options.



Options are the full spectrum of possible agreements. When brainstorming options, keep in mind that each option should… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 19, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

7 Elements of Negotiation, Part 3: Relationship

Originally posted on 03.17.09 at Enjoy Mediation

7 Elements of Negotiation



Part 3: Relationship




You have your interests figured out as well as your alternative. Both are two very important tasks to take care of during your preparations, as well as to remember during the negotiation. An important question to ask yourself before you begin your negotiation is, "How important is the relationship I have… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 18, 2009 at 8:14am — No Comments

7 Elements of Negotiation: Part Two, Alternatives

Originally posted at Enjoy Mediation on 03.17.09

Part Two: Alternatives



Figuring out your interests allows you to figure out your BATNA and WATNA.



It's ok if you are saying, "huh???"



BATNA and WATNA are acronyms for Best-Alternative-To-A-Negotiated-Agreement and Worst-Alternative-To-A-Negotiated-Agreement. You compare your alternative to the possible… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 17, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

7 Elements of Negotiation, Part 1: Interests

originally posted at Enjoy Mediation on 03.16.09

7 Elements of Negotiation

Part 1: Interests




We all know that everyone negotiates. We all know that we have been negotiating since we were babies, the difference now compared to then is that as a baby, our method of negotiating was crying whereas hopefully now we have a few more tools in our… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 16, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Mediation & Negotiation News

Originally posted at Enjoy Mediation on 03.15.09

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Benefits of Disagreeing

Hey- everyone's favorite other-Jeff-really-Geoff-mediator-blogger Geoff Sharpe is quoted throughout an article with the above title. Btw, his great blog, Mediator Blah Blah, is over [here].



Some tidbits from the article:

"There's quite a bit of debate among mediators globally… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 15, 2009 at 8:32am — No Comments

Treat All Negotiators As Your Equal

Posted originally at Enjoy Mediation on 03.12.09



Treat All Negotiators As Your Equal



Why? Well, firstly because treating others like enemies is for violent conflict and that is what we are trying to avoid with a negotiation/mediation, right? Treating the other person(s) like your equal has many advantages. One is as the mediator, if you are trying to show your… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 13, 2009 at 8:03am — No Comments

Mobile Posting

Today's Mobile Post

(it means I sent this via my mobile phone!)



Never underestimate the power of taking a break.



A good negotiator trys to never makes a quick decision. Being well prepared allows you to explore all possible options, tactics and offers that may arise.



That said, the unexpected will (and can) come up. Instead of reacting, the better option is responding. Sometimes you… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 11, 2009 at 11:40am — No Comments

Today, March 10th...

"I will remain committed to non-violence to my dying day."

-His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.

[from here]

















I will keep today's post as short as possible to let the quote (hopefully) have as great of an impact as possible, especially given today's significant anniversary.



Originally posted 03.10.09 at… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 10, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Mediation & Negotiation News

Originally posted on 03.09.09 at Enjoy Mediation

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Mediators Flourishing in Tough Economy

A weak economy and dwindling personal finances have impacted when and how married couples get a divorce in the Charlottesville area.

Local mediation groups and lawyers have reported changes in how often couples seek mediation to draft a separation agreement and how long… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 9, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Building a Golden Bridge

Building a Golden Bridge



Originally posted on 03.06.2009 at Enjoy Mediation

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What?



What does a bridge, no less a 'golden' one, have to do with mediation and negotiation? Well, the term is from William Ury's book, Getting Past No [here at Amazon and many others].



Building a golden bridge refers to making… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 7, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Cross-border Internet Dispute Book Review

Originally posted on March 5th, 2009 at Enjoy Mediation

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Cross-border Internet Dispute Book Review



Publisher's summary [here]



Interested in Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)? A new book is out on such a topic.



"The internet has the potential to increase the number of cross-border… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 6, 2009 at 12:47pm — No Comments

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