Core's 2011 Records
POSTED ON January 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

We are delighted that Core has reported significant growth in 2011, our tenth anniversary year. The number of mediation days increased by just under 30% to nearly 100 in the year. Geographically, our mediators and facilitators acted in 24 different locations throughout Scotland and elsewhere, with nearly...

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Two Paradigms, One Bum...!
POSTED ON November 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

We should be hospice workers for the dying as well as midwives for the new, says Graham Leicester, director of the International Futures Forum, we need to respect those who have a vested interest in the old ways of doing things while we grow new...

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Core Anniversary Book
POSTED ON February 02, 2011 | Comments (0)

At our hugely enjoyable 10th anniversary dinner recently, attended by nearly 130 guests, Core launched its new book Thinking Differently: Making a Difference using Mediation. The book has been well received already. It is full of ideas and reflections on how mediation works across many...

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Core10 Tips for Making the Best of Mediation
POSTED ON January 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

Tip 10: Success We know that statistics continue to show an 80% - 90% "success" rate for commercial mediations. That usually means a complete resolution of the dispute on the day of mediation or soon after. However, "success" may also be to narrow the issues,...

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Core10 Tips for Making the Best of Mediation
POSTED ON January 18, 2011 | Comments (0)

Tip 9: Never Give Up Perseverance is a central trait of the best mediators - it should be for the best advisers too. Remarkable things happen if you keep plugging away - most people want a resolution and just need help to get there. Part of that...

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Core10 Tips for Making the Best of Mediation
POSTED ON January 17, 2011 | Comments (0)

Tip 8: Offers There is a whole psychology and strategy around making offers and proposals. It is not a weakness to go first; often, it will be a strength. Going first may help to generate concessions or movement in your direction. But the first move...

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Core10 Tips for Making the Best of Mediation
POSTED ON January 16, 2011 | Comments (0)

Tip 7: Innovation We can find all sorts of ways to be imaginative in mediation. Reversing roles, changing seats, summarising by parties, mock tribunals with senior executives, straw men, decision trees, handling diversity of views within one team - all of these can be used creatively...

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Core10 Tips for Making the Best of Mediation
POSTED ON January 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

Tip 6: Time The urge to move quickly is real. Generally, however, mediation benefits from time being allocated to enable parties to download, explore the real issues and generate options for a solution. Many resolve quickly, some in a few hours or half a day....

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Core10 Tips for Making the Best of Mediation
POSTED ON January 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

Tip 5: Agreements It is really helpful if advisers work collaboratively on the terms of an emerging resolution or settlement agreement in advance. This can become almost self-fulfilling in the sense of helping to build momentum and confidence - and may also remove the burden of...

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Core10 Tips for Making the Best of Mediation
POSTED ON January 13, 2011 | Comments (0)

Tip 4: Impartiality The mediator is often described as a "neutral". I am less sure about that term now. Perhaps we are impartial, or more likely, "multi-partial". In other words, our role is to work hard to help all parties to understand what is going...

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