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The Power of Asking Questions

June 27, 2019

What if I told you there was one thing you could do to make people like you, build stronger relationships, and get more of what you want out of negotiations? It sounds too good to be true, but recent research points to one action you can take to help you achieve all of these goals: asking questions.

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Preparing Mediation Statements

May 12, 2019

Mediation statements offer parties an alternative approach to preparing for the mediation by having each party define success in advance, which in turn increases the chance of reaching an agreement.

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A Tale of Two Brooks: The Importance of Communication in Negotiation

December 20, 2018

Three NBA teams learned some tough lessons about the importance of communication in negotiation when they mixed up two players named Brooks in a trade deal.

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Case Study: Google’s Employee Walkout and Conflict Management Systems

November 29, 2018

Following the aftermath of Google's employee walkout, the company has an opportunity to create a more effective and responsive conflict management system.

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Prepare for Difficult Holiday Conversations with the “Angry Uncle Bot”

November 21, 2018

The New York Times created an "Angry Uncle Bot" to help you practice difficult holiday conversations, and the lessons reflect advice provided by MWI's blog.

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Deep Canvassing and The Power of Active Listening

November 1, 2018

The modern technique of deep canvassing encourages active listening, and its positive impact is backed up by rigorous research and analysis.

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Over 500 Cases Mediated through, “The Mediation Project”

October 24, 2018

The types of cases that have been mediated through The Mediation Project include: divorce, paternity, modification of child support, alimony, medical insurance coverage for a former spouse, college costs, separation agreements, parenting plans, and grandparent visitation

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How to Manage Emotions in Negotiations

October 23, 2018

Normalizing our emotional reactions in negotiations helps us to manage their effects, and it allows us to utilize and manage them productively moving forward.

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12 Topics a Parenting Coordinator in Massachusetts Can Help With

October 19, 2018

Parenting Coordinators in Massachusetts are court-approved professionals who work to assist parents in reaching a mutually beneficial agreement for the parents and for their child(ren). Parent Coordinators work to help parents manage ongoing issues after divorce.

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Meet a Divorce Mediator Ben Stich

September 4, 2018

As a divorce mediator with MWI, Ben puts his High-Conflict Mediation training to good work as he mediates cases concerning not only divorce, but also custody disputes, parent-teen conflict, marital issues, elder decisions, asset division, liability division, property division and other high conflict family disputes. He also helps facilitate our court-approved "Better Parent" Parent Education Program.

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