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What can happen when you and a client are not a good fit? Do you know why a mismatch could be occurring? What can you do to remedy miscommunication, confusion, even conflict or stress? Dr. Susan Wolcott may have some solutions. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of interviewing... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at idealawg
When a person affirms his or her deepest values, the process of conflict resolution can be easier, and often quicker. In fact, most other activities can be facilitated by affirming your values (what is called self-affirmation), whether it be running, or recharging, or writing. However, for many of us, our habits can get in the way. We all have seen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
What is the role of self-awareness and self-reflection in effective conflict resolution? To hear a teleconference on that topic, click here. The title of the teleconference is "Inside Out: How Conflict Professionals Can Use Self-Reflection to Help Their Clients" and it features long-time mediator and lawyer Gary Friedman. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing long-time mediator and mediation trainer Gary Friedman. The sponsoring organization Purposeful Planning Institute (about which I have blogged here, here, and here; and for which I am Dean of Neuroscience and Contemplative Practices) is one that is close to my heart. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at idealawg
From the ABA Journal, we learn of the colorful history of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field. The events described in the article were hardly all that added color to his life story. For a more complete look at the man, read this review of Justice Stephen Field: Shaping Liberty from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at idealawg
On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 12 Eastern, 9 Pacific AM, I will be moderating a teleseminar for Purposeful Planning Institute (PPI). The program description is below. Because of the topic and speakers, this will be an hour that is very informative and stimulating. If you are not a member... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at idealawg
Just published, a New York Times article on the use of mediation for disputes between siblings. Excerpt from "Strengthening Troubled Sibling Bonds to Deal With an Aging Parent": It doesn’t matter how successful people are; when they’re around their siblings, they often revert to their 7-year-old selves. “Family members are... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at idealawg
I was happy to see that Santa Clara Law now has a room in the library for law students, staff, and faculty. Its purpose? It is our hope that students utilize this space for silent meditation, prayer, and reflection. A number of studies have demonstrated the value of mindfulness and... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at idealawg
John A. Warnick, estate planning lawyer and founder of Purposeful Planning Institute, is a leader in new ways of conceptualizing the passing on of assets from one generation to the next. To learn more about his practice of the purposeful trust, you may listen to or read this recent interview... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at idealawg
Here's a list of events, news, and resources compiled by Professor Len Riskin. Click to read his list of items related to mindfulness, law, and dispute resolution. Thanks, Len, for creating this list. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at idealawg
May's edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly includes 19 Interventions 14 Associations 11 Methods 8 Reviews 2 Trials. Click to read the new edition. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
I was recently appointed one of the Deans of the Purposeful Planning Institute: Dean of Neuroscience and Contemplative Practices. Over the years, I have been very happy to be involved with such a fine organization so am pleased to now serve in this capacity. Click for more information about all... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at idealawg
Today I am talking with Norman Fischer who is with the Everyday Zen Foundation. He is a poet and a Zen Buddhist priest. Click to read more about Norman. Norman, thanks very much for agreeing to participate in my series of interviews of thinkers and practitioners who have ideas that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at idealawg
I am happy to see another article in which the writer warns against the overselling of mindfulness, and mentions that, because of possible negative side effects, mindfulness practices may not be appropriate for all. This article also warns that some people teaching mindfulness practices may not be qualified to do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at idealawg
A long time has passed since I last penned a post on using mindfulness during the process of writing. Although I combine mindfulness and writing frequently, I have not updated my resource list recently (except in my head). So here are a few links for those of you interested in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at idealawg
Being aware of death influences our money behavior. The research about this behavior is intriguing and instructional—and very important to understand for those of us who work with clients and their money. As a quick and partial overview of what researchers have learned, read "Grim Givers: How Thoughts of Death... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at idealawg
As a lawyer, Leslie Budewitz was well-qualified to write Books, Crooks, and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure, winner of the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction. She also writes cozy mystery novels; the latest one Assault and Pepper is set in Seattle as will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at idealawg
Does offering a range of numbers as opposed to one single number help you reach your goal in negotiations? Maybe so. From "Offering a Range of Numbers Can Lead to an Edge in Negotiations" (Mind for Business blog of Association for Psychological Science): New research from Columbia Business School challenges... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at idealawg
How can two or more people sincerely, earnestly, and confidently have such widely divergent versions of events? As mediators, we often have heard stories from parties in which the facts are conflicting and yet no one seems to be deliberately deceiving. Research continues to show us our memories are malleable and pliant so we are not surprised at the inconsistency.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
The March edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly is now posted for your reading pleasure. It includes 50 new cites: 15 Interventions 15 Associations 9 Methods 11 Reviews. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
News release from Penn Law: The University of Pennsylvania Law School has launched a new podcast, Case in Point, a series that takes a dynamic new approach to podcasting in higher education and the law. With over one billion subscriptions through iTunes alone, podcasts are quickly becoming one of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at idealawg
I recommend to you this excellent article written by the authors of The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us. They offer 10 ways to check the accuracy of our very malleable and faulty memory. Journalists know that when they hear something from one source, they should corroborate it with independent sources before reporting it. The science of memory has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
The January issue offers 12 Interventions 17 Associations 7 Methods 13 Reviews 1 Trial Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
The word "Truth" etched in the pieces of this sculpture on Canyon Road in Santa Fe If we disagree with someone, we typically view the other person as more influenced by bias than are we. That perception of bias can be a monumental obstacle to conflict resolution. But what to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at idealawg
An important topic: play. Fortunately it is receiving serious attention these days. For example, Current Biology has devoted an edition to it. An excerpt from the article "Playfuness and creativity": Having fun is a good reason to be playful. The pleasure it generates could be seen as its primary benefit.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at idealawg