Writing for the Huffington Post blog, Family Law Mediator Diane L Danois shares the 5 lessons she’s learned from failed mediations.
Diane practices in family and relationship disputes, mediating between separating couples. As is common in the family law arena, several mediation sessions are scheduled over a number of days, weeks or even months.
Two of the lessons really stood out to me, and are useful in all mediation and negotiation settings:
Establish (and stick to) a strict schedule, so as not to allow too much time to lapse between formal meetings
Be wary of anything that looks to good to be true. The truth is that [resolving disputes] – even between two rational adults – is an extremely difficult process
Find Diane’s other lessons on the Huffington Post Blog