During mediation we are required to think [i.e. make decisions] about such matters as which technique to employ, what strategy will work here, why the parties are stuck, whether a party is meaningfully participating in mediation, whether mediation should be adjourned or terminated, and so on. Even though the parties are the primary substantive decision-makers in mediation, we are the primary procedural decision-makers [mediators control the procedures to be followed during mediation].
This article appearing in the June, 2005 Link and Learn Newsletter is a very helpful 7 step decision-making guide which we can use during mediation. It has an organizational development focus and is quite adaptable for mediation. Take a look and “think about it!”
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