Qatar – to develop as a centre for football and for mediation?

Qatar – to develop as a centre for football and for mediation?

by Graham Massie, Director of Consultancy and Mediator Like many, I’m disappointed at England’s failure to be selected to host the 2018 World Cup.  One of my earliest memories is of watching the 1966 final on a small black and white TV with my dad – and even now I still revere Bobby Moore.  So […]

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Don’t let development of the rail network freeze-over

Don’t let development of the rail network freeze-over

By Ranse Howell, Mediator and Consultant, CEDR Skills Britain’s approach to railway investment and strategy is likely to continue to be problematic and a source of polarised views.  Last week the UK’s Department for Transport announced an £8 billion investment to be spent on electrification and new carriages.  This is similar to a plan that […]

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In defence of the difficult conversation – but not at any cost

In defence of the difficult conversation – but not at any cost

by Andy Rogers, Associate Director and Mediator, CEDR There has been an interesting response from certain quarters of the media over the announcement last Friday on expenditure by the Cabinet Office, at the heart of UK Government, which included staff training in ‘difficult conversations’. The ‘difficult conversations’ item was picked out probably for a couple […]

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Playing the Spending Review Blame Game

Playing the Spending Review Blame Game

by Graham Massie, Director of Consultancy and Mediator, and Andy Rogers, Associate Director and Mediator, CEDR As mediators we frequently see people trying to blame someone else for what went wrong in their case. And whilst this focus is not always helpful in finding a settlement to a dispute, we know that blame is an […]

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Don’t miss the detail – mediation’s elevation

Don’t miss the detail – mediation’s elevation

by Tony Allen, Solicitor, Mediator and a Director of CEDR Extracts from the Ministry of Justice’s statement on the Government’s Spending Review yesterday: “The Treasury has announced a 23 per cent reduction in Ministry of Justice spending for the next four years. These savings will result in around £2 billion in savings by the department […]

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All round the fields, of Anfield Road…

All round the fields, of Anfield Road…

By Gregory Hunt, Director of CEDR Solve & Client Relations 40 years ago I was fortunate to be born with two great privileges. The first was to be born in the great city of Liverpool. The second, and the most profound, was to be born in a family exclusively raised in the pursuit of happiness […]

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Living through a demerger – what difficult conversations lie around the corner for Fiat?

Living through a demerger – what difficult conversations lie around the corner for Fiat?

By Andy Rogers, Associate Director & Mediator, CEDR The rationale for a demerger can often be very strong and for an organisation that has very different component parts, splitting to concentrate on those separate areas can be a highly effective move. The news that such a move by Sergio Marchionne is imminent for Fiat, splitting […]

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Looking for leadership inspiration

Looking for leadership inspiration

by Graham Massie, Director of Consultancy and Mediator, CEDR It may not be the most career-enhancing move to worry about leadership in conflict resolution just a couple of months after the boss [Karl Mackie] gets his well-deserved CBE, but I’ve been worrying about where the next generation of leaders are coming from. This thought came […]

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Want you back for good?

Want you back for good?

by Graham Massie, Director of Consultancy and Mediator, CEDR The recent completion of the reunion of Nineties teen idols Take That after their 1996 split is a poignant reminder of the value of long term relationships and how hard they can be to revive once we let them slip into disrepair. Consider the comments of […]

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