Thoughts and Insights by Michael Gregory

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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...

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. 

A screen shot of four people interacting in a pleasant negotiation
December 27th, 2020

Make these changes in virtual negotiations according to neuroscience

Technology is growing at an exponential rate and has drastically changed the way we do business today. Today with virtual arbitrations, mediations, negotiations, and facilitations this has caused significant changes in the way we do business. Face to face in person negotiations offer challenges. Neuroscientists have looked at how we work and behave in our ever-changing virtual environment. Here are some key insights on what is and is not working as well recommendations for you going forward. With the ever-expanding virtual world to resolve differences this article offers you insights to enhance your probability of success.

The word we with a host of smaller words like unite and join in written within the we.
December 13th, 2020

Collaboration, teamwork, and productivity during and post pandemic

With COVID-19, a vaccine on the way, the application of the vaccine for all of us by sometime this summer, we have a lot on our minds right now. It is hard to think about much beyond the near term with an expected higher peak over the next quarter at the same time as the vaccine beings to roll out to the public. Expectations need to be kept in check.  We still need to focus on staying healthy and taking care of ourselves and avoiding COVID-19.

Doctor sitting with a patient and explaining the situation
November 30th, 2020

Lead with compassion - listen with empathy

The Collaboration Effect ® is all about connecting relationships, listening actively, and educating judiciously in order to build bridges to negotiate closure. Recently having listened to a presentation by a prominent neuroscientist in the field, following up with him, and conducting additional research, I learned something truly exciting related to compassion and empathy that I want to share with you. We need to lead with compassion and listen with empathy.

a host of faces in space connected with organizational lines
October 5th, 2020

What actions can you take to redefine collaboration now?

With Covid-19 various entities have had to redefine what is meant by collaboration in the workpla

Scrabble letters spelling diversity on a background of turned over scrabble blocks
September 13th, 2020

How can firms increase diversity among equity partners and team members?

Reading an article recently in the ABA Journal by Maria Antonieta Sager and her journey to become a partner as a woman of color attorney, and networking with Dr. Artika Tyner, the Director of the Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice at the University of St. Thomas Law School,  after Dr. Arika Tyner read Maria Antonieta Sager’s article, I wanted to share with you some insights that help me and I think may help you with this title question.

Key words with Ethics in the center surrounded by other related words
September 7th, 2020

Are women more ethical than men in negotiations?

Recently the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation provided an article on this subject entitl

Colorful air balloon in a blue sky with two clouds
August 17th, 2020

Exit Planning with The Collaboration Effect

If there ever was a profession where The Collaboration Effect® made sense it is in exit planning. Instead of individual specialists reaching out to a potential client wanting to exit a business, think about if they worked together and what a better result there would be for the client. This past week it was my pleasure to address the Exit Planning Institute (EPI) Twin Cities Chapter at the invitation of the Chapter President Julie Keyes and to meet the incoming Chapter President Mark Hegrstrom. I presented Collaboration for Exit Planners – Applying The Collaboration Effect®. They were very receptive and I appreciated their glowing recommendations. Here are some of the key points. We can all learn from this example.

Young beautiful African American couple, happy and apparently in love
June 8th, 2020

Minnesota Nice, People of Color, Conflict Resolution, and Collaboration

After the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis Minnesotans are taking a good hard look at themselves. This is causing conflict at levels not seen here before at least in my time in Minnesota (since 1983). So, what does Minnesota nice, people of color, conflict resolution, and collaboration have to do with each other? Everything. Giving this some thought as a person that works on conflict resolution; diversity, equity and inclusion with the Minnesota State Bar Association with the board of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; someone that has taught on this topic; and someone who conducts regular research on this topic, here are some thoughts and ideas as Minnesotans wrestles with these issues.

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