Thoughts and Insights by Michael Gregory

Disputes

Six parties on different screens to interact on a mediation
April 12th, 2021

This is how to build trust in virtual mediations

Trust is simply a “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.”[i] Relationships are built on trust. This is hard enough in face-to-face disputes where one can hear the words, imply understanding with the tone, and interpret full body and facial expressions. With virtual mediations there are technical, administrative, interpersonal, and other issues that further hamper a clear understanding. These can undermine trust. The question is how can you build trust with virtual mediations? This article addresses three issues for your consideration regarding virtual mediations.   [i] https://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&type=C211US0D20151102&p=Define...

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March 21st, 2021

Attitude in conflicts and collaboration matters

So much of what you do and say is shaped in part by your own attitude. In disputes and conflicts on the negative side and with collaboration and alignment on the positive side, attitude matters. In society today you see racial strife, uncertain economics, covid-19, less human touch, additional stress, and many other issues, it is amazingly easy to see the downside. On the upside with working from home, not having to commute, connecting virtually, spending more time at home, and having more time to concentrate on other things do you take time to reflect on what you are grateful for? Your attitude is key for so many of life’s twists and turns. This commentary explores your attitude and how you can impact your attitude towards conflict and collaboration

2 story apartment building with balconies
March 5th, 2021

Collaborative negotiations with landlords and tenants

When you think of disputes between landlords and tenants the natural tendency is to think of rent payments not being paid and the landlord wanting the money. After all the landlord has bills to pay too. However, there can be a host of issue and a number of perspectives. Having mediated hundreds of these disputes I want to share with you some thoughts during these more unusual times.

Four people at the end of a table having a lively discussion
February 21st, 2021

Mediation for eight possible business scenarios

Mediation is a tool that may be used to help resolve issues and conflict in the workplace. Mediation by a trained and qualified mediator can save time, money, mental toil, and resources.  A mediator’s collaborative style allows the parties to determine the outcome. The process allows for creativity. The parties explore the issues, feelings, and interests of everyone involved. The following commentary presents eight possible scenarios associated with work and businesses.

Manager mediating a conflict with employees
February 14th, 2021

Resolve workplace conflict through mediation

Workplace conflicts are inevitable. When two or more people are involved there is always room for miscommunication. Differences in perspective, understanding, temperament, and a host of other factors can enter into the situation. As a manager what are appropriate courses of action? This article will explore this question and offer you several ideas for consideration from a practical perspective.

Monk carved into hole in a tree
January 31st, 2021

10 Principles of Ethical Conflict Resolution

Dispute resolution using mediation techniques can help resolve many conflicts at work, in court, and in life. This article explores 10 ethical principles that can be applied in conflict resolution as an alternative to save mental and physical toil, time, money, and resources. Applying these techniques may make a major difference for you when you may become engaged in a conflict with another party.

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January 25th, 2021

Here are 10 tools for resolving conflict in the workplace with customers

We all have to work with various stakeholders but working with the full bell shape curve of customers can be difficult. This commentary focuses on 10 tools for resolving conflict in the workplace with customers. The old adage is “the customer is always right” for exceptional customer service. However, you know the customer is not always right. So, what can you do? Here are ten tools to help you when resolving conflicts with customers at work.

Three figures having a discussion with various communication words imprinted on the figures
January 18th, 2021

Use these 10 rules to overcome conflict in business.

Conflict can be incredibly positive when parties bring multiple perspectives to address a concern and work together to overcome an obstacle with collaboration. When looking at conflict as an opportunity much can be accomplished. Unfortunately, sometimes the obstacle can be terribly negative, overly competitive, personalities can conflict, or a host of other concerns can make the situation tenuous and destructive in nature. The question is what can you do to overcome conflict in busines when this happens? Below are 10 ideas for you consideration to help with de-escalation and promoting collaboration.

The word "We" over the word "Me"
January 2nd, 2021

Want to increase productivity and growth in 2021? Collaborate even better with others.

Exploring ideas from 2020 blogs from mikegreg.com on collaboration, there are 31 blogs that cover various elements of collaboration. To start 2021 off right for you I have organized these into various categories that will help you to be more productive and enhance growth by being more collaborative with others. 

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December 21st, 2020

To win someone over be authentic and consider mirroring language

In a negotiation it is especially important to be authentic. Operate with compassion. That is be calm, confident, and competent. Be genuine. Be true to yourself first. Come with focus and an attitude to help. Having a firm understanding of self is important. With this as focus take listening to another level with “linguistic mirroring”. Linguistic mirroring is paying attention to the words, the tone, and the facial and body language of the other party and reflecting this back to the other party. This helps to build a connecting relationship. With a connecting relationship the other party is more apt to listen to you. The commentary below expands on this concept.

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