When Push Comes to Shove: A Practical Guide to Mediating Disputes / Edition 1

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This how-to-approach to mediation is a valuable tool for the growing group of lay and professional mediators for resolving interpersonal disputes in all areas of life—including the workplace, the classroom, and courtroom adjunct programs. It identifies key interpersonal and communication skills, presents a five-step mediation process, an coaches the reader through each phase. The authors also address mediation "on the fly" for situations when a more structured process is not possible or called for. It is a valuable guide for attorneys, teachers, social service workers, HR professionals and corporate managers.

Karl A. Slaikeu covers the basic interpersonal and communications skills needed to mediate conflict, presenting a five-step mediation process, and coaches the reader through each phase. The author also addresses mediation "on the fly" where a more structured process is not possible or called for.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787901615
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/31/1995
  • Series: Conflict Resolution Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

KARL A. SLAIKEU is president of Chorda Conflict Management, Inc., an Austin, Texas based consulting and training company specializing in conflict management systems and training. His previous books include Crisis Intervention: A Handbook for Practice and Research (1990, 2nd ed.) and Up from the Ashes: How to Survive and Grow Through Personal Crisis (1987).

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Table of Contents

Part One : The Mediator's Mindset.

1. The Conflict Management Continuum.

2. How to Analyze a Dispute.

3. Gearing Up.

Part Two: Initial Contact.

4. Telephone Contact.

5. Setting the Table.

6. The Opening Meeting: Standard Agenda.

Part Three: Caucuses.

7. Caucus Checkpoints.

8. Case Examples.

9. The "One Text" Worksheet.

Part Four: Shuttle/Joint Meetings.

10. Planning the Next Round.

11. The SOS (Summaries, Offers, Summaries) Model.

12. Resolving Impasses.

Part Five: Closing.

13. Testing the Agreement/Declaring Impasse.

14. Drafting.

15. Adjournment and Other Ceremonies.

Part Six: Variations.

16. Mediating "On the Fly": One-Session Reconciliation.

Appendix A: Communications Skills Review.

Appendix B: Sample Ground Rules and Forms.

Appendix C: Professional Organizations.

Appendix D: Further Reading.

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