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How does mediation save money for an organization?


Today I am sharing a recent article: How does mediation save money for an organization? 


From the Article: 


By turning their faces from the legal system, many companies have saved fortunes in the money and time that legal proceedings require. Instead of litigation, many companies are turning to mediation, and they have been able to resolve their issues within a few weeks instead of the months and years that it may take to address the same issues in court. 


Below are five benefits of mediation for an organization:


  1. You have control: in litigation, the judge declares a limited solution to the parties so that one person wins and the other loses. You can never tell in what direction the judge will rule. However, mediation seeks to support constructive dialogue, and both parties are coached to reach a solution that they can settle with that meets their mutual interests.
  2. Save money: this is the most apparent benefit. A seven-hour mediation may cost less than $7000. Meanwhile, to issue a court claim worth between $10,000 and $100,000, the cost is 5% of the claim’s value. 
  3. Confidentiality: court judgments are often made available to the public, which may damage the company’s reputation and expose some trade secrets that can serve as precedents to attack the company further and lead to more financial loss. However, mediation is confidential.
  4. Maintains good relations: mediation ensures that everyone is happy. You may not see the need to save the relationship. Still, you do not want to have a disgruntled employee leave your organization to put out complaints on social media that can stain the organization’s reputation.  
  5. Save time: mediating a conflict between two parties saves far more time than you can imagine than a court proceeding. In some cases, it may be possible to resolve long-standing disputes within a day, depending on the willingness of the disputing parties. 


Click here to read the full article. 

Why Fascism is so Tempting and How Your Data Could Power It


With the recent news reports and revelations from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, today I am sharing a 2018 TED Talk from Yuval Noah Harari: Why Fascism is so Tempting and How Your Data Could Power It. 


About the Talk: 


In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the essential difference between fascism and nationalism—and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy. 


Appearing as a hologram live from Tel Aviv, Harari warns that the greatest danger that now faces liberal democracy is that the revolution in information technology will make dictatorships more efficient and capable of control. 


"The enemies of liberal democracy hack our feelings of fear and hate and vanity, and then use these feelings to polarize and destroy," Harari says. "It is the responsibility of all of us to get to know our weaknesses and make sure they don't become weapons." 


Click here to watch the 18-minute TED Talk. 

Conflict in the Workplace – Mediation Can Make Your Team More Efficient.

This week I am sharing an article from Naveed Khan: Conflict in the Workplace – Mediation Can Make Your Team More Efficient.


From the article: 


Conflict in the workplace is inevitable when people with different values and opinions come together. That is not always a bad thing, but unaddressed issues will often fester, cause emotional stress and negatively impact the business. Workplace mediation can improve communication and teamwork, reduce stress and prevent disputes from escalating.


When we get into an argument at work, we often look on the surface for the cause of the escalation. It could be a missed deadline that had everyone on edge, a botched meeting or someone getting passed over for a promotion. However, these events are often just the final straw in a much bigger picture.


Click here to read the full article » 


NOTE: If you would like to learn more about handling conflict in the workplace, check out a few of the courses in Alliance Learning, including Navigating Difficult ConversationsEffective Listening Skills, and Taking Control of Conflict (use your CUSW username and password to log in). 

The Significance of Nonverbal Communication in Mediation and Arbitration


This week I am sharing an article covering one of the pillars of mediation and communication skills: The Significance of Nonverbal Communication in Mediation and Arbitration.

From the article:


Nonverbal communication may impact participants’ thoughts and emotions in a mediation or arbitration and should be considered when evaluating communication feedback during these sessions. 


While spoken words are critical to assessing communication—recognizing the meaning of words through evaluating nonverbal gestures and cues, body language and eye contact—may be equally or even more critical in understanding messages in the context of human communication.


Click here for examples of non-verbal communication and to read the full article » 

UDHR @ 70: Perspective


As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, I am sharing a short video, UDHR @ 70: Perspective.


About the video:


The basic idea of human rights is that everyone is entitled to the same fundamental rights and freedoms, no matter who we are or where we are born. But what exactly are the basic human rights? Who gets to pick them? Who enforces them—and how? An animation produced by TED-Ed with the support of UN Human Rights and FIFDH provides a short introduction. 


As Advocates and HR Representatives, how might each of you work to advance human rights in the coming year?


Click here to watch the video »