Business Options

Punxsutawney Phil in Mediation

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on March 25, 2013  /   Posted in Business Options, Pub Dialogues

The Associated Press reported this weekend that Ohio authorities have issued an indictment of Punxsutawney Phil, alleging that he “did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early.” Additional sources have suggested that Phil is seeking to file suit regarding the slanderous social media war being
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NOPE does mean no, but BANANA is not necessarily a fruit

Posted by Mark Loye on March 23, 2013  /   Posted in Business Options

NOPE does mean no, but BANANA is not necessarily a fruit I have been a conflict resolution professional for just over twenty-five years.  My most memorable cases have been land use/environmental cases, usually convened at the behest of local governments and involving multiple parties and factions.  To be a successful mediator in this arena, one
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Martha Stewart in Mediation

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on March 11, 2013  /   Posted in Business Options

Sources have reported that Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia have been ordered to participate in mediation after three weeks of court testimonies. Court-ordered mediation is becoming more and more common in high-profile disputes. A perfect storm of conditions helps to make mediation more common in our daily lives. The courts are overwhelmed
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Five Steps to Resolve Conflict in the Workplace

Posted by Larry Cerrillo on December 14, 2012  /   Posted in Business Options

Five steps to resolve conflict in the workplace As a business manager and leader, don’t ignore conflict in your workplace or business. Here are some tips to get you started toward conflict resolution:   1 Let them vent. Sit down with your employees one-on-one and give them a chance to talk through it. As awful
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Conflict Resolution: Painless Profit During a Tough Economy

Posted by Larry Cerrillo on December 14, 2012  /   Posted in Business Options

The most overlooked potential for maintaining and potentially increasing profit during a down economy is to focus on your staff. If you are seeing an increase in absenteeism, tardiness, turnover, passive aggressive behavior, or congregation around the coffee pot, you may have problems. These problems are typically associated with unacknowledged conflict. The conflicts may be
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Making the choice between your friend and your politician

Posted by Brian S. Beck, M.A. on October 02, 2012  /   Posted in Business Options, Family Options

The presidential debates are looming, and many of us need to be reminded how to avoid turning our friends into enemies. The tips below will help you maintain sanity during the political season and avoid the need to choose between your friends and your candidates. Remember every issue has many viewpoints; strive to understand them.
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Kali-Ma and the Beer (Label)

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on May 15, 2012  /   Posted in Business Options

Burnside Brewery out of Portland, OR was scheduled to release a beer today called Kali-Ma. Instead, it went back to the labeling line. The reason for this is the name and label art, which have upset some in the Hindu community. See, Kali-Ma is a religious symbol in Hinduism and represents power, destruction of evil
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NFL Lockout: How Mediation is Helping

Posted by Michael A. Petruzzi on May 26, 2011  /   Posted in Business Options

The NFL owners and players completed another round of mediation last week in their ongoing efforts to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in time for the start of the 2011-2012 season. This most recent session was court-mandated and, as expected, did not lead to a settlement. It’s possible the parties may have made
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Resolving Disputes When Logic Collides with Emotion (Part III)

Posted by Robyn E. McDonald on April 30, 2011  /   Posted in Business Options, Family Options

(Part III of a Three Part Series) Return to Part II So, what can the Achy Breaky (“A/B”) person do to deal with someone who can’t get out of the way of their own calculations? Cheat Sheet for the Achy/Breaky Person Get your facts straight before wailing and keening. Before diving into conflict (legal/domestic/employment), figure
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Resolving Disputes When Logic Collides with Emotion (Part II)

Posted by Robyn E. McDonald on April 30, 2011  /   Posted in Business Options, Family Options

(Part II of a Three Part Series) Read Part I Here So, how do Logical (Facts & Figures) People and Emotional (Achy/Breaky) People work with each other personally or professionally?  Remember that you both have different ways of looking at things, and neither is right or wrong – they’re just different. That alone will get you
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