Counterintuitive Strategies in Mediation

By Richard Shore

In an article just published in the Forbes Leadership Forum, I outline four counterintuitive strategies that harness the strengths of mediation rather than treating it as litigation light:

1.  Let the other side pick the mediator – agreeing to a mediator the other side likes can work in your favor, and save time and money to boot.

2.  Don’t argue about who is right – exchange views on the merits, but don’t let substantive disagreements hijack the process; remember that your goal in mediating is to reach a favorable settlement, not to win an argument.

3.  Leave the litigators at home – many litigators are good at settlement, but settlement calls for a different skill set and mindset than litigation; a separate settlement track allows you to use a diplomat to negotiate peace while the generals continue to fight the war.

4.  Deal with hard issues last – lock in a deal on a key term, usually money, and build the rest of the agreement on that foundation; even hard issues tend to fall into place once the parties believe they have a deal.

 Read the article here:  http://onforb.es/O9ZxY2

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