Collaboration is King – Lessons from the Lions

If you love rugby then like me, you will love the Lions. Once every four years, players from every nation in the British Isles, from clubs spanning the length and breadth of the land, come together united under one banner, with one purpose – defeat a southern hemisphere rugby giant. “This is your Everest boys”, […]

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Ask a Negotiator: Chula Rupasinha

In April 2017, CEDR launched its flagship negotiation training for individuals, Advanced Negotiation skills. In this Ask an Expert session, we spoke to Chula Rupasinha, one of our lead negotiation trainers. As a senior Police Officer, Chula was the UK’s longest serving hostage negotiator, successfully resolving sieges and kidnaps of Britons held overseas. He led […]

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Ask a Negotiator: Felicity Steadman

In April 2017, CEDR launched its flagship negotiation training for individuals, Advanced Negotiation skills. In this Ask an Expert session, we spoke to Felicity Steadman, one of our lead negotiation trainers. Felicity is a full-time negotiator, mediator, facilitator and trainer in dispute resolution skills. She developed her negotiation experience over 25 years in extensive labour […]

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No Drama Negotiation Theatre

From Harvey Spector, the bullish litigator in the American legal drama ‘Suits’ to Theresa May describing herself as a “bloody difficult woman”, everywhere we turn, we are inundated with a confrontational, chest-beating style of negotiation. Recently I attended a CEDR Negotiation Theatre at Lloyd’s Market Association, structured around an insurance negotiation and as well as […]

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Keeping step – Mediation Skills in Japan

By James South, CEDR’s Director of Training. While in Japan recently training mediators, I got to thinking about the issue of pace in mediation. Just like the trains in Japan, mediators often work at different speeds. Some are like the Shinkansen Bullet trains, speeding along, while others are like the commuter trains, those that constantly […]

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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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