A moment of freedom.
November 18th, 2015

What Makes a Good Mediator?

This is the title to an article from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation dated November 16, 2015. The article points out that more than education is needed when looking for a mediator.

Recognize Great Work
November 16th, 2015

Recognize Great Work

This article from the Harvard Business Review stresses that this is the one thing you can do to be a great boss is to recognize your employee’s great work as least monthly. I want to share a mantra I learned along the way that uses this concept and two others.

November 16th, 2015

Emotions – Relationships – Connections- Success

What do all of these items have in common?    If we understand our and the other party’s emotions, chances are we can enhance our relationship and build a connection which just might result in success by whatever means you define success.

November 12th, 2015

What Happens if the US Tax System Implodes?

I wrote the book, “The Wheels Are Falling Off the Wagon at the IRS” a year ago pointing out that the IRS is in serious trouble financially.   Do we care?  Do we care if the IRS cannot collect the money to fund the federal government?  That was the question.

November 5th, 2015

To Litigate, Mediate or Pursue Both

Up front I have to say that I am biased as a mediator.  I ran a litigation group for over 7 years with 21 expert witnesses and with 10 to 12 cases docketed for court at any given time.  Having been a mediator for over 15 years I see many of the benefits to mediation with reduced time, energy, resources and cost.   However, there are still times when litigation makes sense.  These activities hav

October 30th, 2015

How Introverts Can Make the Most Out of Conferences

As some initial background all managers at the IRS receive Myers Briggs training as part of new manager training.  At the IRS I taught managerial training over 11 years to new managers.  I especially enjoyed training new managers as this helped  me to understand their perspective  and it kept me focused on the changi

International Flags
October 29th, 2015

Transfer Pricing Changes and International Taxes

The Organization for Economic Development (OECD) including the G20 countries that make up 90% of the global economy and 80% of the global trade, 66% of the world population and emit 84% of the fossil fuels.

October 26th, 2015

The Emotions That Make Us More Creative

 Last week I worked with three entrepreneurs related to a new company.    This was not a mediation or negotiation, but a facilitation.  There are three individuals associated with this transaction.  These individuals will be referred to as  “A”, “B” and “C”.

October 16th, 2015

Getting to Yes

"Getting to Yes" is a best selling book by William L. Ury, Roger Fisher and Bruce M. Patton.   The book is based upon the principles of listening to the other party and exploring interests.  I could not agree more.

October 15th, 2015

Some Lessons Learned from a Negotiation with the IRS

I just read an article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “Wh

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