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  • Happier: Thoughts and Practices on Centering and Mindfulness (Part 4)

    Judy Ringer's Ki Moments Blog
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's important to have fun with centering and mindfulness practices, and to know that you may not see a difference today or even tomorrow. Keep practicing, and look back in a year or two. You'll see what's changed.Read more...
  • Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals

    Whole Mediation Blog
    Debra Synovec
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals Lots of learning going on in the fields of mediation and collaborative law.  Last weekend I attended the nation’s largest annual gathering of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals at a conference in beautiful Vancouver B.C.  One week before this I attended the Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2014 Conference  (APFM) in wonderful San Diego, CA. Both brought together hundreds of family and divorce professionals from all over the world for discussions, workshops, forums, sessions and networking events. One thing I would…
  • WCML 038: How can King Arthur sit at the Round Table?

    Pace Smith
    Pace and Kyeli
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    King Arthur sits down at the table. Equality now turns unstable. We ask you, dear readers, How can we, as leaders, Make forums as round as we’re able? As heart-centered leaders, we want to create communities where everyone feels safe and everyone is equal – like a circle. But how can we be leaders at the same time we are peers? It’s like King Arthur sitting down at the Round Table and expecting everyone else to treat him like any other knight. We give several examples (positive and negative) of communities we’ve been part of, both as participants and leaders, and…
  • To Improve Employee Morale, Start By Increasing Engagement

    WordPress Tag: Conflict Resolution
    CALMC Blog
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    When we meet with new clients we often hear concerns about employee morale. We certainly understand their concerns and work with them to take positive steps to address them. Numerous studies have shown the link between employee morale and productivity. Whether it is determined by direct measures of production or examining other factors like sick leave usage or employee turnover, we know more satisfied workers tend to perform better. How would you respond to this question: “Is employee morale a problem in your organization?” The answer to the question is “No.” Surprised? Morale is not…
  • Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals

    Whole Mediation Blog
    Debra Synovec
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals Lots of learning going on in the fields of mediation and collaborative law.  Last weekend I attended the nation’s largest annual gathering of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals at a conference in beautiful Vancouver B.C.  One week before this I attended the Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2014 Conference  (APFM) in wonderful San Diego, CA. Both brought together hundreds of family and divorce professionals from all over the world for discussions, workshops, forums, sessions and networking events. One thing I would…
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    Whole Mediation Blog

  • Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals

    Debra Synovec
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals Lots of learning going on in the fields of mediation and collaborative law.  Last weekend I attended the nation’s largest annual gathering of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals at a conference in beautiful Vancouver B.C.  One week before this I attended the Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2014 Conference  (APFM) in wonderful San Diego, CA. Both brought together hundreds of family and divorce professionals from all over the world for discussions, workshops, forums, sessions and networking events. One thing I would…
  • Useful Skills in Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Mediation is a constructive, efficient strategy for divorcing couples to reach mutual agreements that will be carried on after the divorce is final. Divorce mediation provides separating couples with a safe space to discuss arrangements facilitated by a neutral third party. How you come to the mediation table can make a big difference on whether you and your spouse are able to come up with an effective solution. These attributes are useful ways of being in a successful divorce mediation: Patience This is perhaps the most difficult skill to achieve, especially for those who are naturally want…
  • Tips for Co-Parenting During the School Year or Anytime

    Debra Synovec
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    One of the most difficult parts about divorce is how it affects the family unit—especially when children are involved. Joint custody may not be easy, but it’s the best way to provide your children with the close parent relationships they deserve. At Whole Mediation, we provide divorce mediation that can help separating couples create an agreeable, mutually beneficial parenting strategy. With the school year back in full swing, follow these co-parenting tips for a cordial relationship with your ex for your children’s sake: Keep the kids out of it The issues that come with a breakup…
  • Divorce Rates in the United States

    Debra Synovec
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Half of all marriages end in divorce. Is this statement really true? It’s been embedded in our minds time and time again, but is the statistic accurate? The answer is actually no, however it’s close. According to divorcerate.org, the divorce rate in the U.S. from first marriages is 41 percent—not quite 50, but definitely close. However, the divorce rate for second marriage is 60 percent and third marriage is 73 percent. The defined divorce rate refers to the number of divorces per 1,000 married persons. The divorce rate in America has decreased steadily since 2000 according to the…
  • Four Tips for a Better Divorce Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Mediation is a productive dispute resolution process used by divorcing couples  to come to a mutual agreement. The mediator facilitates the discussions and guides the divorcing couple toward solutions and at the same time both parties have a chance to express feelings and needs with dignity. Divorce mediation is an economical alternative to hiring lawyers and dealing with drawn out legal proceedings and court dates. While divorce mediation can be highly effective and less time consuming than legal procession, the attitude of each party is crucial to ensuring productive mediation sessions and…
 
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    Pace Smith

  • WCML 038: How can King Arthur sit at the Round Table?

    Pace and Kyeli
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    King Arthur sits down at the table. Equality now turns unstable. We ask you, dear readers, How can we, as leaders, Make forums as round as we’re able? As heart-centered leaders, we want to create communities where everyone feels safe and everyone is equal – like a circle. But how can we be leaders at the same time we are peers? It’s like King Arthur sitting down at the Round Table and expecting everyone else to treat him like any other knight. We give several examples (positive and negative) of communities we’ve been part of, both as participants and leaders, and…
  • On sale for $1: An amazing assortment of authentic artifacts and amenities!

    Pace
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Look what the One Perfect Dollar students have created… and buy it for only $1! 30 days ago, the One Perfect Dollar 30-day challenge began. Today’s the day where the students share their offerings with the world. You are the world! (You may or may not be the children.) And since the class is named “One Perfect Dollar,” that means you get to purchase these special products and services for the kind of ridiculously low price of $1. The students get their first taste of selling something online, and you get a superbly good deal. Everybody wins! We’ve got a wide…
  • How the Enneagram changed my life – twice.

    Pace
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    First, shoutouts and gratitude to my Enneagram mentor Aine Ni Cheallaigh. She also wrote about how the Enneagram changed her life twice, and I totally ripped off her title. (; You can read all about her journey here. This is a love story. But it begins as a hate story. For most of my childhood and the first half of my adult life, my #1 goal was to be successful. Successful in school, successful in my career, successful in money. After a couple of decades of this, the screaming of my heart finally became too loud to ignore. I started following my heart – but it came at a high cost. Hate.
  • WCML 037: Connection abuse

    Pace and Kyeli
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    It’s awesome to show your affection To customers, with one objection That I must stipulate: Do not manipulate; Do not abuse your connection. Connection can be super helpful for your business – it can help build your reputation by word of mouth and great reviews. But if you abuse that connection with your customers, it can turn sour for both the business owner and the customer. Highlights: How healthy connection can help your business What is connection abuse and how can you recognize it? A near-the-line case of connection abuse on etsy A clear-cut case of connection abuse by a…
  • how do you want to feel today

    Pace
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    (you can read this poem yourself and you can also listen to me read it) every morning, my alarm goes off hey pace get out of bed hey pace shower hey pace pajamas hey pace Remembrance and then every morning, my most important alarm goes off it says “how do you want to feel today?” and i say: wholehearted radiant on my path delight love + gratitude. the tedious bullshit to-do item i approach with rest and with music and with fullness i feel wholehearted the butterflies-in-my-stomach putting-myself-out-there i step into my power i feel radiant the scattered tangled threads of the day…
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    WordPress Tag: Conflict Resolution

  • To Improve Employee Morale, Start By Increasing Engagement

    CALMC Blog
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    When we meet with new clients we often hear concerns about employee morale. We certainly understand their concerns and work with them to take positive steps to address them. Numerous studies have shown the link between employee morale and productivity. Whether it is determined by direct measures of production or examining other factors like sick leave usage or employee turnover, we know more satisfied workers tend to perform better. How would you respond to this question: “Is employee morale a problem in your organization?” The answer to the question is “No.” Surprised? Morale is not…
  • 5 Ways to Resolve Conflict

    Coach Colleen
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    1. Identify the problem. 2. Speak with a purpose. Think before you speak. What is the point you are trying to make? 3. State your viewpoint clearly and concisely. 4. Keep your tone calm. Two (or more) persons speaking loudly in order to be “heard” are rarely listened to. 5. Be gracious no matter what the outcome. It is alright to agree to disagree. Conflicts are not contests, the goal is not to win, it is to resolve a problem.
  • Our Opinions

    Monday Mindfulness
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Do you really need to be right? Is there just one answer to the question? Can’t we find space for both our opinions? Perhaps in this complex Universe We are intended to have different perspectives. Perhaps through our varying views We can impact the greatest change. It’s easy to partner with those who share The same point of view. Divinely powerful to embrace that which is different. Could it be that our opinions intertwined, Instead of butted against each other, Can lead to greatness beyond each of us As we stand in our opinions alone? Let’s partner in our differences, Nod to each…
  • Providing Negative Criticism: The Newest Guidelines

    drjeffreyrubin
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Readers of this blog well know that I often discuss immature and mature ways to provide negative criticism.  Originally, I presented a post titled PROVIDING NEGATIVE CRITICISM: FIVE LEVELS OF MATURITY.  There, in addition to providing an outline of what I believed was a good starting point to think about this topic, I asked readers for suggestions on how the outline could be improved.  Many readers were not at all shy.  While this was going on, I continued my own reading, and from time to time, I shared what I had learned.  And now, just this week on the internet, I came upon an article…
  • Microsoft CEO's remarks: Oops, did I say that out loud?

    Cori Zuppo
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
            Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, abruptly backtracked after “
 
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    Whole Mediation Blog

  • Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals

    Debra Synovec
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals Lots of learning going on in the fields of mediation and collaborative law.  Last weekend I attended the nation’s largest annual gathering of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals at a conference in beautiful Vancouver B.C.  One week before this I attended the Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2014 Conference  (APFM) in wonderful San Diego, CA. Both brought together hundreds of family and divorce professionals from all over the world for discussions, workshops, forums, sessions and networking events. One thing I would…
  • Useful Skills in Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Mediation is a constructive, efficient strategy for divorcing couples to reach mutual agreements that will be carried on after the divorce is final. Divorce mediation provides separating couples with a safe space to discuss arrangements facilitated by a neutral third party. How you come to the mediation table can make a big difference on whether you and your spouse are able to come up with an effective solution. These attributes are useful ways of being in a successful divorce mediation: Patience This is perhaps the most difficult skill to achieve, especially for those who are naturally want…
  • Tips for Co-Parenting During the School Year or Anytime

    Debra Synovec
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    One of the most difficult parts about divorce is how it affects the family unit—especially when children are involved. Joint custody may not be easy, but it’s the best way to provide your children with the close parent relationships they deserve. At Whole Mediation, we provide divorce mediation that can help separating couples create an agreeable, mutually beneficial parenting strategy. With the school year back in full swing, follow these co-parenting tips for a cordial relationship with your ex for your children’s sake: Keep the kids out of it The issues that come with a breakup…
  • Divorce Rates in the United States

    Debra Synovec
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Half of all marriages end in divorce. Is this statement really true? It’s been embedded in our minds time and time again, but is the statistic accurate? The answer is actually no, however it’s close. According to divorcerate.org, the divorce rate in the U.S. from first marriages is 41 percent—not quite 50, but definitely close. However, the divorce rate for second marriage is 60 percent and third marriage is 73 percent. The defined divorce rate refers to the number of divorces per 1,000 married persons. The divorce rate in America has decreased steadily since 2000 according to the…
  • Four Tips for a Better Divorce Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Mediation is a productive dispute resolution process used by divorcing couples  to come to a mutual agreement. The mediator facilitates the discussions and guides the divorcing couple toward solutions and at the same time both parties have a chance to express feelings and needs with dignity. Divorce mediation is an economical alternative to hiring lawyers and dealing with drawn out legal proceedings and court dates. While divorce mediation can be highly effective and less time consuming than legal procession, the attitude of each party is crucial to ensuring productive mediation sessions and…
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    Nancy Love's Weblog

  • An Independent Spirit

    Dr. Nancy Love
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    I have always thought of myself as independent.  Even when I was totally financial dependent on others, I imagined that I still had decision making power and control over how things would turn out.  I acted as if my voice still counted and I took responsibility for those decision that I helped to make. An independent spirit requires that you maintain a certain level of competence and distance from others.  It is not that you loose any sense of compassion or caring.  It is just that you take the observe role and see the situation from a perspective that allows you to observe the good and…
  • A Happy Heart

    Dr. Nancy Love
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    “Happy, happy, happy, happy”  What makes you happy? Research is showing the our thoughts control our moods.  In other words, if you think happy you feel happy.  That is cool.  I have always felt more in control of how I think so this research is suggesting to me that if I can control my thoughts I can also control my feelings. I like to feel happy.  I believe that most people do.  I also think that it can be a lot of work sometimes to maintain a level of thinking that keeps us happy.  Reframing our lives, even our past childhoods into positive experiences is always a…
  • Thanksgiving is two words

    Dr. Nancy Love
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Today is a day to give thanks. Thanks Giving is a verb and the cool thing about it is if you give you often get back in return. Reciprocity is one of my favourite words. We get back what we give. Sometimes we think we are getting stuff we don’t want from others because they are mean or rude or something else less than pleasant but often we have treated them or someone else like that. What goes around comes around as they say. Although we may have inadvertently taken rather than given in a conversation or a social exchange and we may not have intentionally cut someone off when they were…
  • Nouveau Plan

    Dr. Nancy Love
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    One of the things that kind of drives me crazy is the number of identities we have these days.  What I mean is that we have multiple email addresses and multiple phone numbers and multiple addresses that we send things to and live in from time to time.  We carry multiple devices and identification cards and have multiple passwords for multiple favourite webistes.  We have become multiples. Do you wake up each morning wondering where you are and who you have to be that day?  Are you asked for a password or a PIN number more than twice a day. Do you feel like your being is consumed by the…
  • PULSE Level 2 and other thoughts on learning in the new world

    Dr. Nancy Love
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Today I had a call from someone interested in taking our PULSE level 2 course.  It is the second 40 hours of mediation training using the PULSE Frame.  We haven’t had much call to offer it lately so it is exciting to see some renewed interest.  Anyone with a basic mediation course could register and if we get enough interest we will offer it sometime in late November.There is some flexibility for us to set up the first 2 days as an online program though Jig saw box and have participants come to the St Albert Office for the 3 day intensive practice sessions. Please send an email to me…
 
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    NCDD Community News

  • Institute for Civility in Gov’t Offers New “Civility Training”

    Roshan Bliss
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    We want to make sure that NCDD hears about a great new training on civility being offered by the Institute for Civility in Government – an NCDD organizational member. We all know our nation’s civic life needs more civility, so please learn more about their training below or contact ICG to sign up. The Institute for Civility in Government is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, grassroots non-profit organization founded in 1998, and is a member of NCDD. The Institute works to reduce the polarization of our political and legislative processes by facilitating dialogue, teaching respect, and…
  • NCDD Membership Rates Increasing Nov. 5th – Join or Renew Today!

    Roshan Bliss
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    As many of you know, NCDD is a lean organization with a small staff, and we rely on the active support of NCDD members to continue our efforts and raise awareness of the innovations in engagement, dialogue and community-building taking place across the country. It is our strong and growing membership that enables us to add even more to what we can offer our members to support their work. As part of our effort to step up the support we can offer to our members, we are planning to increase our membership dues on November 5th, the day after Election Day. That means that if you haven’t…
  • Tour of NCDD’s Field Mapping Project

    Sandy Heierbacher
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    In the months leading up to the 2014 NCDD conference, NCDD conducted a unique field mapping project as part of our collaboration with the Kettering Foundation. The project capitalized on the fact that the conference would bring together more than 400 leaders and emerging leaders in the dialogue & deliberation community, many of whom are interested in finding new ways to collaborate across organizations and sectors to have a greater impact. We had conference planning team member Kathryn Thomson (of LeaderMind Consulting and Ethelo Decisions) conduct interviews of 10 highly collaborative…
  • Public Conversations Project Searches for New Exec. Director

    Roshan Bliss
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We want to make sure NCDDers see a letter that we received from our partners at the Public Conversations Project asking for our help with their search for a new executive director. PCP is a long time NCDD organizational member that does important work across the country and the world, and we encourage you to read their request and pass along the information about their opening to those in your network you think would be qualified. If that may be  you, then learn more below and don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Dear NCDD friends. It was good to see many of you at the 2014…
  • Hawaii Senator Pursues “Collaborative Legislators Network”

    Roshan Bliss
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Our partners with the Kettering Foundation recently published a great interview with Hawaii Senator Les Ihara Jr. – who we are proud to have as an NCDD supporting member – about some exciting work he’s doing to get legislators doing more and better public engagement work. Sen. Ihara’s ideas have great potential, and we encourage you to read more about them below or find the original here. Developing Our Civic Culture: State Legislators and Public Engagement Hawaii state senator Les Ihara Jr. has found many state legislators interested in engaging, deliberating, and…
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    Waging Nonviolence

  • Remembering Iraq — Why the Pentagon won’t solve the climate crisis

    Kate Aronoff
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    by Kate Aronoff In September, the Sea Change Flotilla blew up a 30-foot carbon bomb in the airspace over the Hudson River in front of West Point Military Academy. (Tools for Action/Ellen Davidson) On October 13, in Peru, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the U.S. military would begin treating climate change as an immediate threat to national security. The press conference was planned to coincide with the release of the Defense Department’s 20-page 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, which lays out steps by which armed forces will “prepare for a future with a wide…
  • Ebola becomes a health worker crisis

    Kate Aronoff
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    by Kate Aronoff Members of National Nurses United held rallies in several cities last week in support of nurses treating Ebola patients. (Facebook / NNU) Ebola has captivated newsfeeds worldwide over the last several weeks. Now with a confirmed case in New York City, news cycles are more stoked than ever with speculation about how fast the virus will spread through the Big Apple and beyond. Fascination with Ebola is one part genuine concern, and more than a few parts aggrandizement by a 24-hour news cycle hungry for scary stories. Absent in the media spectacle around Ebola have been the…
  • Ferguson organizers carry momentum into the fall

    Kate Aronoff
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    by Kate Aronoff A march against police violence in downtown St. Louis on October 9. (Flickr/Bob Simpson) Michael Brown’s murder this summer prompted a new wave of popular interest in state violence against communities of color. In mid-October, organizers from around the country gathered outside of St. Louis for the kick-off of what’s being called “Ferguson October.” Wednesday, or “O22,” marked a National Day of Protest against mass incarceration and police brutality called by organizers both in Ferguson and across the country. As part of Wednesday’s events, organizers with…
  • In Gaza, Palestinians turn destruction into artistic protest

    Mariam Elba
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    by Mariam Elba Painting by Palestinian artist Tayseer Barakat. As the Israeli war against Gaza unfolded last summer, I wrote about a particular artist who has turned pictures of Israeli bombs falling on Gaza into graphic art of people mourning the destruction below them. Now the destruction caused by the bombs is itself being turned into art. Well-known Palestinian artist Raed Issa has been displaying his damaged paintings that were buried in the remains of his home in front of the rubble of his house. He is part of a group of artists called Eltiqa in Gaza that supports artists in producing…
  • Occupy Democracy brings London a blast from its past

    Kate Aronoff
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    by Kate Aronoff A protester involved with Occupy Democracy outside of parliament in London. (Twitter/JJ Wyatt) Inspired partially by Occupy Central in Hong Kong, London’s newly formed Occupy Democracy is being called a revival of Occupy London, which for a brief time in 2011 served as a major center of the global Occupy movement. The new occupation began shortly after an 80,000-person march organized by the country’s Trade Union Congress, though it has not been involved with Occupy Democracy in any official capacity. According to organizer Phil England, the idea for the occupation came…
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    Crisis Management by us

  • PGA Prez Gets the Boot After Immature Facebook Post by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    There’s no escaping this social media sand trap Professional Golf Association president Ted Bishop is the latest high-profile figure to lose their job as a result of a social media post. Bishop was angry with tour member Ian Poulter for his criticism of Ryder Cup captains Nick Faldo and Tom Watson, and let everyone know it on Facebook. The problems didn’t come because he voiced his opinion, but once he dropped the line below his troubles began: “Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C’MON MAN!” By Friday Bishop was on his way out…
  • Social Media Compliance and Crisis Management by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Are you following the rules? Organizations of all kinds are eager to share on social media, but overlooking the need to comply with federal and industry regulations can quickly land you in trouble. Figuring out what rules apply to you, and how to steer clear of trouble, can be tricky, which makes the below infographic, from ComplySocially.com, an important primer no matter your business: ——————————- For more resources, see the Free Management Library topic: Crisis Management ——————————- [Jonathan Bernstein is president of Bernstein Crisis Management,…
  • Red Light for Edmunds Ad After Dealer Outcry by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    Playing to one stakeholder group at the expense of another is risky business This weeks dustup over new YouTube ads from car shopping site Edmunds.com, is a great example of the dangers of focusing too much on one audience while neglecting to consider another. Edmunds has been pushing the idea of no-haggle car sales for a while now, and, in an extension of that effort, its latest video series poked fun at the wrangling over prices that’s so famously associated with picking up a new ride. While customers seem to be enjoying the videos, Edmunds advertisers aren’t happy. AdAge spoke…
  • Tony Jaques Introduces New Crisis Management Book by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    [Editor's note: Tony Jaques, our friend, colleague, and frequent contributor to our blogs has just released a new book on crisis management, and we'd like to share his introduction to this in-depth work with you.] Companies which think they are crisis-prepared may in fact still be dangerously vulnerable to financial and reputational damage. That’s the conclusion of Australian author and crisis expert Dr Tony Jaques, who says it is increasingly clear that while some organisations establish very basic procedures to respond to a crisis when it strikes, many are failing to take a strategic…
  • When is the Best Time to Reach My Audience? by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Putting out information at the right time will help get your message across Communication is the cornerstone of all crisis management, but what good does it do if you’re putting messages out when your stakeholders aren’t around? Before you start putting information out to the public, take a look at this useful infographic from SurePayroll:
 
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • To Curb Gun Violence, Chicago Residents Hit The Streets—And Really Listened to Their Neighbors

    Panyin Conduah
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Photo by Bob Vonderau / Flickr. This article originally appeared at Waging Nonviolence. Every Saturday afternoon Ms. Judy waits on the streets of Chicago’s South Side for the women of Sisters on the Street to pray with her. And when some of the sisters show up late, she notices. Residents have sought ways to deescalate the violence without involving the police or the criminal justice system. “There’s 15 of us. If we’re not there by 11:30, she’ll walk up to each one and say ‘You’re late. You’re late. You’re late today,’” recalled shift leader Tasha Thompson.
  • These Two Vets Walked Thousands of Miles to Heal Trauma and Raise Money

    Ricardo Torres
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Anderson and Voss set off on their journey. Photo by the author. In November 2013, two Iraq veterans were holed up in a hotel in Pueblo, Colorado. They’d been walking since the previous August. Their trip began on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and they were attempting to raise money for a local nonprofit by walking to Los Angeles. They relied on strangers for food and shelter but they walked the entire way. The weather outside the hotel was below zero degrees at night, and in the single digits at high noon. For days they talked about what their options were: They…
  • Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery

    Tom Lawson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Photo from Shutterstock. Denmark has often led the way when it comes to LGBT issues: It was the first country to legally recognize same-sex civil unions in 1989; and back in 1930, Danish artist Lili Elbe became one of the first people in the world to change genders through reassignment surgery. "You can legally change your gender just by filling in a form—it's fantastic.” Now the country has introduced one of the world's most progressive laws for transgender people. As of September 1, Danish citizens have been able to self-determine their legal gender—without the need for medical…
  • Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different

    John Feffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    This piece originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. Photo by Alex Leung / Flickr In 2000, I organized a meeting in China that brought together independent trade unionists, campaigners for corporate codes of conduct, and human rights advocates. We had spirited conversations about strikes and labor organizing and how to deal with the Communist authorities in Beijing. We didn’t worry about the government monitoring or breaking up our meeting. Hong Kong is not just a playground for the rich. One in five residents lives below the poverty line. True, we were in China, and the Chinese…
  • The Danger of Silence

    James McGowan
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In this captivating TED Talk, teacher and slam poet Clint Smith lyrically reflects on the danger of silence. "Every day, all around us," he says, "we see the consequences of silence manifest themselves in the forms of discrimination, violence, genocide, and war." Smith didn't always value speaking up. Coming from a Catholic family in New Orleans, he’d already given up junk food and soda for Lent, so he figured giving up his speech one year would be no different. He soon realized, however, that he was permitting bullying in the halls of his school and ignorance in his community through his…
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    Hesketh Mediation

  • What is an unreasonable refusal to mediate?

    Philip Hesketh
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    There have been a number of recent cases dealing with the question of unreasonable refusals to mediate such as PGF II SA v OMFS Company 1 Ltd [2013], Garritt-Critchley and Others v Ronnan and Solarpower PV Limited [2014] and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Europe Ltd v BAE Systems (Al Diriyah C4I) Ltd (No 2) [2014]. I have written about them all but it’s a bit too long for a blog post so you can click here to download it. If you have any examples of courts penalising parties for failing to mediate please post them below.
  • Indemnity Costs for refusing to mediate.

    Philip Hesketh
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:23 pm
    It is now beyond doubt that the courts are taking seriously their role in encouraging greater use of ADR to resolve disputes. This is being done through case management orders or through costs penalties. The latest example of the latter is the case of Phillip Garritt Critchley v Andrew Ronnan and Solarpower PV Ltd which came before His Honour Judge Waksman QC in the Manchester District Registry of the High Court. The case was about whether a contractually binding agreement had been made or not. From the outset the claimant had offered to engage in mediation or some other form of ADR. It…
  • The benefits of mediation for legal advisers.

    Philip Hesketh
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:10 am
    It used to be said that offering mediation was a sign of weakness. I think that is out dated now in the post-Jackson world. Most mediators can readily describe the benefits of mediation to people in dispute. But very often it is the legal advisers who recommend mediation. So what are the benefits to the legal advisers? What’s in it for them? Why is it self-interest rather than weakness that drives the use of mediation? Here’s my little list, please feel free to add to it in the comments. The benefits of mediated settlements for legal advisers: Certainty – reduce risk: …
  • How to Persuade an Opponent to Mediate

    Philip Hesketh
    30 May 2014 | 2:03 am
    Solicitors often ask me how to persuade an opponent to mediate, or engage in any other form of ADR. There are carrot and stick approaches. My next post will look at pointing out the benefits to both sides of using private methods of dispute resolution. In this post I will look at how you can ask the court to assist. If proceedings have been issued you can ask the court to exercise its power to order a stay of proceedings to give the parties the opportunity to attempt settlement. Courts are frequently doing this of their own volition. If you are unsure of the wording to use in seeking an order…
  • Legal Costs Dispute Mediation

    Philip Hesketh
    30 Sep 2013 | 3:56 am
    I do more mediations about legal costs disputes than any other other subject. This is because nearly every mediation about a disputed will or trust or boundary involves a dispute about who pays the legal costs of the dispute. This requires a negotiation and I act as an independent neutral to support and guide the parties through that negotiation. I can help with a mediation about a costs dispute even when the other matters have been resolved. I have done face to face mediations involving £million plus costs disputes and telephone mediations for costs of less than £50,000. In each case the…
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  • Happier: Thoughts and Practices on Centering and Mindfulness (Part 4)

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's important to have fun with centering and mindfulness practices, and to know that you may not see a difference today or even tomorrow. Keep practicing, and look back in a year or two. You'll see what's changed.Read more...
  • Happier: Thoughts and Practices on Centering and Mindfulness (Part 3)

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I snapped at my husband: "We're going to do it." (Subtext: whether you want to or not.) He snapped back, escalating conversation into confrontation--a common occurrence in uncentered conflict. I don't snap that often, so I had to take a look at my reaction. To do that I had to center myself. As Tracie Shroyer put it in her recent post that began this series on Centering and Mindfulness: "Something about intentionally taking a deep breath slows everything down. It brings perspective, quietness and calmness to a crazy situation." How do…
  • Happier: Thoughts and Practices on Centering and Mindfulness (Part 2)

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One of the questions I'm most often asked is: How do you center yourself, especially in a difficult moment?  I found Doug Silsbee's core body practice on centering thoughtful, practical, and easy to understand. As Doug suggests, you center yourself in difficult moments by practicing an excercise like this one over and over again until it becomes your default under pressure. Centering is not automatic. A strong center is similar to any strong muscle. It is developed through practice.Read more...
  • Happier: Thoughts and Practices on Centering and Mindfulness (Part 1)

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today, Ki Moments begins a series of posts on practices to increase centering and mindfulness. Its purpose will be to answer these questions: How do I actually do it? How do I get centered, become grounded, more mindful and present in life's difficult moments. As Dan Harris puts it in his new book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--how do I know when I've achieved it? In the next weeks, invited guests and I will share thoughts and practices for achieving a more balanced, aware,…
  • Finding Center in Back to School

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This month there are parents all over the country with a need to find center.  Maybe you’ve left a child at school or maybe your youngest is starting kindergarten and you’re faced with your first day of not knowing what he’s up to every single moment.  Perhaps this is the first year you have no children at home, or even are longing for a child you can send off to school one day.Read more...
 
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  • Do I Need A Prenup?

    Skinner
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Marriage is not just an emotional and physical union — it’s also a financial union. Although the discussions that go with a prenupial (or antenuptial) agreement may feel uncomfortable, it’s better to have these discussions at the beginning of a commitment than to be surprised later.  By bringing these conversations to the open and encouraging frank discussion of finances and the values they reflect, a prenup can actually help ensure a better foundation for the future your marriage. YOU SHOULD CONSIDER HAVING A PRENUP IF YOU FALL INTO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: You already…
  • Location, Location, Location: It’s Not Just For Real Estate!

    Skinner
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    A safe deposit box may not be the best place for important papers Chances are, when you hear the words, “Location, Location, Location,” you think of real estate.   These are not the only professionals interested in location, however!  Your Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney will tell you that the location of your important papers can make the difference between a care plan that is followed, and a care plan that is not followed.  If your loved ones don’t know where to find your health care power of attorney, living will, or estate planning documents, they won’t…
  • Mediated Divorce vs. Divorce Mediation

    Skinner
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:12 pm
    “Equus grevyi (aka)” by André Karwath aka Aka – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons If you are exploring mediation as an option for reaching settlement terms in your divorce, please be aware that there is a difference between “mediated divorce” and “divorce mediation.”  I would like to explain that these two creatures are as different as a horse and a zebra.  Both involve use of a neutral mediator.  Both can be used to arrive at settlement terms of your divorce agreement.  There, the…
  • Medicare Payment for Rehab After Hospital Stays

    Skinner
    5 May 2014 | 6:32 am
    I want my clients who are eligible for Medicare (and their families) to understand that whenever they go to a hospital, it is important to know and to clarify their billing status.  Hospitals are increasingly categorizing stays as for “observation” or “outpatient” even if the patient is in the hospital for several days.  This is because hospitals have a large financial incentive to classify an individual as outpatient.  (An outpatient stay is covered under Part B of Medicare.  An inpatient stay is covered under Part A of Medicare.) The rub for you is that, under…
  • Elder Mediation

    Skinner
    9 Nov 2013 | 1:07 pm
    WHAT IS ELDER MEDIATION? The term “Elder Mediation” generally refers to mediation of matters relating to care or financial decisions of a vulnerable adult.   When families have disagreement concerning care for a person who has diminished capacity to make decisions or to care for themselves, a specially trained mediator is needed. Like all mediation, key goals are to facilitate communication, to reduce barriers to agreement, and to empower the parties to make good decisions that reflect their shared values and ideals.  The mediator must have skill, however, to manage…
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  • Infallibility

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    There is a sweet story about a car mechanic who is fixing the engine of the car belonging to an eminent heart surgeon. The surgeon arrives in the repair shop whilst the job is still not quite completed. The mechanic calls the doctor over to have a look under the bonnet. “You and I do the same job, Doc. I opened the engine’s heart, took the valves out, I am repairing and replacing anything damaged and then I will put everything back together and when it is finished, it will work like new. Just like you do. So how come I earn £40,000 a year and you earn £400,000 a year?”... >
  • Business. Survival of the Nastiest?

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    There are three things that stick out for me from the new series of The Apprentice. The first is that at 10 years old it remains remarkably good telly. The introduction of new tweaks and twists on a familiar format makes it essential viewing if you want to have something to say at the water cooler. Not many programs still pass that test... >
  • Complicated Games

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    This week the 2014 Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to Professor Jean Tirole for his writings on the regulation of large corporations. Professor Tirole made his reputation largely on his work about Game Theory; his book (with Drew Fudenberg) called Game Theory is not an easy read. Densely packed with mathematical equations the book tries to explain the behaviour of individuals in a market who make decisions based on their expectations of how their customers, suppliers and competitors are likely to react in the future. Even the first example in the book, which describes how a pie…
  • Get Real About Emotions

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    We’ve all been trained to hide our emotions in a business environment—especially during negotiation. Keep your emotions out of negotiations or the other side may crush you, right? Not exactly, because you can’t negotiate effectively as a detached robot. So how do you find the happy medium? Recognize that emotions—positive and negative—are totally normal during a negotiation. But we’re often so busy driving the conversation, persuading the other party and doing everything we can to close the deal, that in the moment, we lose touch with our emotions. Or we choose not to deal with…
  • The Biggest Sin of All

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    What is the worst thing you can do when negotiating? Lots of things I guess but probably the most obvious one of all is a lack of preparation. Last year was the 30th anniversary of the bestselling book by Chris Ryan, Bravo, Two, Zero. I’ve got to be honest when it first came out I did not read it. I thought it would only be of interest to military types and frankly was a bit embarrassed to read it on the train or tube, which was my main reading time back then...>
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  • ASL Lion's Club Shrimp Boil and Corn Hole Tournement

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    A Touch of New Orleans and the Kentucky Derby Melded for a Charitable CauseSeveral years ago, our Dean, Lucy McGough, joined us after having lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana most of her academic career.  Soon, events linked to that history came to campus. First, came the sale of home-made gumbo to raise funds for a local charity.  Then, ASL had its first shrimp boil.  Last month, the local chapter of the Lion's Club sponsored  the second shrimp boil on campus along with a corn hole tournament designed to raise money for its many worthwhile projects.  The…
  • Update On the Aging of Lawyers in Private Practice

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    What Happens When Baby Boomers Retire?In April 2013, I wrote about the possible opportunities for new lawyers created by the increasing age of lawyers -- who will eventually retire. Bill Henderson, of The Legal Whiteboard blog, provides a very interesting analysis of his data on this topic here.  One of his findings:The big surprise here is that the proportion of young lawyers (under age 35) has been declining for several decades. And not by a little, but by a lot. During this period, the median age went from 39 in 1980, to 41 in 1991, to 45 in 2000, to 49 in 2005. Some of…
  • My Experience with "Flipping" the Classroom

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    Feeling Like a Master of the Universe!As many of you know, I spent the last year in a mastermind business coaching program that has made me comfortable with web-based platforms designed to build communities, deliver content, and market services.  I have proved that old dogs can learn new tricks.  In fact, this old dog is teaching the new tricks to folks much younger than myself. My latest focus is on the "flipped" or "blended" classroom. These classes use the best of on-line education married with more traditional classroom approaches.  The Instructional Technology…
  • In Memory of Mom

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Remembering How I Became a TeacherMy mom, Jo Ann Drinkwater Young, died of colon cancer this month seventeen years ago.  She was only 61.Her death caused me to live life with more urgency, intention, and love.Last week, a family friend sent some photos of her as a teenager that I had not seen before.  She is posing with her best friend, Leotta, shortly before Leotta's wedding.  Mom was seventeen or eighteen years old. Even dolled up as the bridesmaid (blue dress on right), she still looks so very young.She married at eighteen, had four kids by the time she was 24…
  • 60,000 Page Views for The Red Velvet Lawyer

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    60,000 Page ViewsFriends, family, and colleagues:Another milestone reached! 60,000 page views!My blogging experience started in March 2013. Like everything, success relates directly to the attention and energy invested in the project.As I blogged more frequently, built my relationship with other bloggers, got more posts shared by my FB friends, and continued to create content I hoped you would like, page views grew exponentially.Here is a summary of my experience:5,000 page views on August 2013.10,000 page views on November 7, 2013.15,000 page views on November 27, 2013.20,000 page views…
 
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