Sabotage the workplace, OSS Style ?

In my work on employment mediation, I have read a great number of articles and books on how to be a good employee or manager, how to improve productivity in the workplace, or the well-being of staff, which seems to have been a recurring topic for the past few decades. Yet yesterday, I stumbled upon […]

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What TV can’t teach you – 5 tips for negotiators in real life

It’s not ‘hired or fired’ that makes good negotiators Frequently in my professional work as a negotiator and trainer, I see people who have approached negotiation with a default style of being a “tough negotiator”.  They will turn up attempting to bluff through with an attitude based on what they’ve seen on TV and what […]

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Addressing mental wellbeing issues in the workplace

Mental ill health affects us all in one way or another. Whether personally or professionally, at home or work, through friends or family, an increasing number of people are directly or indirectly confronted by mental health issues. According to the Mental Health Foundation, at least one in four British adults will experience some kind of […]

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50 29.03.19 – will you have renegotiated successfully?

Prepare: So as the clock begins to tick down towards Brexit in 2019 there will also be a looming deadline of changing business relationships – notably those dependent on ongoing cross-border contracts with Europe as well as with those organisations that receive EU funding. Whilst we would all hope that any relationships that need to […]

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‘Failed’ Mediations and Mediators

Many a mediation does not lead to settlement. But was the mediation a failure and if so, why;  and did the mediator do a good job? Settlement rates from mediation show that most disputes settle at or soon after the mediation, over 70%. What of those that do not settle? The mediator, the parties or […]

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Mediation Settlement Enforcement

UNCITRAL and the enforceability of mediated settlements

A commentary by Dr Karl Mackie CBE in February 2017 on the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, which continues its discussions over a possible instrument on enforcement of international settlement agreements resulting from mediation. Both the […]

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Women and Power: How (appropriate) risk-taking can make you a better leader

By Liz Rivers, Women’s Leadership Coach, Mediator and CEDR Faculty Member Part of embracing power is knowing how and when to take risks.  Too cautious and nothing changes, too reckless and disaster can ensue. Women typically are more risk-averse than men, and often get marked down in the leadership stakes as a result.  Yet we […]

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Organisational mediation: Weeding out conflict

Still too often, organisational conflict looks like “business as usual”. From differences between colleagues to boardroom fallouts, teams that should collaborate sometimes turn into “intense corporate warzones” as Fiona Colquhoun, CEDR Director and mediator defined it at yesterday’s workshop on Organisational Mediation. Chaired by Fiona Colquhoun, five experts – Emilie Cole, Partner at Bindmans; Scott Maynard, […]

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You are not alone: separating people and problem

What to do when a disputant can’t make a deal or ‘face up’ to reality The landmark negotiation book ‘Getting to Yes” (by Roger Fisher and William Ury) talks about the importance of separating the person from the problem. This is of course a nice idea, but the reality for most of us is that […]

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