Finding an easier way to settle disputes

by Carmel Haynes The legal fraternity in Barbados is being encouraged to look for a less litigious way of settling legal disputes. Through a four-day workshop on alternative dispute resolution, members of the judiciary and local Bar Association are being sensitised to the integration of mediation into the civil justice system. Natalie Johnson, acting programme […]

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Not all conflict bad

The Barbados Advocate Visiting Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) systems design specialist Allan Stitt showed local departmental heads yesterday, that while some persons view conflict in a negative light, there are actually quite a few benefits that can be identified. These observations were made when participants from various governmental organizations, got a first hand look at […]

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Feedback versus criticism

To optimize the performance of the team, a manager has to let the team members know what is expected of them. The broad guidelines given at the beginning of an assignment may not be enough to ensure a smooth flow. By providing periodic assessments and timely feedback to team members there is a greater likelihood […]

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Negotiations Around the World

An Oprah Winfrey show entitled “Mom’s Around the World” caught my attention as I was flipping through the channels searching for a “not too heavy” / “not too light” program to watch. The segment that I saw featured a mother from Uganda who had 10 children and no husband. She worked as a porter, carrying […]

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Emotions Are Contagious

As a Sociology Major, I am always intrigued by the functional reasons underlying people’s behaviour. I found these quotes from Daniel Goleman’s book, Working With Emotional Intelligence particularly interesting: “Emotions Are Contagious All these abilities take advantage of a primal fact: We influence each other’s moods. Influencing another person’s emotional state for the better or worse is […]

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The Life of an Introvert

Being an introvert according to the MBTI is not always all fun and games. So I thought I’d share a few my internal musings for those of you who also need time alone to recharge your batteries. What I’ve come to realize over the many months that I have been studying personality types, negotiation styles, […]

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Negotiation styles

One of the topics that we discuss in our workshops is negotiation styles. Most of us engage in some sort of negotiation on a daily basis, whether it has to do with working out the details of a complicated contract, roles and responsibilities within the workplace, or something as simple as who is responsible for […]

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Adventures in moving

Having just moved from Toronto to Oregon, it was a very interesting series of negotiations to get us there in one piece. Some of the most intriguing negotiations involved the sale of our Toronto house and the purchase of our Eugene house, in part because of the contrast in styles of our two agents. In […]

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ADR Training in the Caribbean

There is something surreal about delivering a training workshop with the sound of the ocean in the background and the participants role-playing negotiation and mediation scenarios by the pool. As a new facilitator with the Stitt Feld Handy Group, I have had the opportunity to conduct conflict resolution workshops with Peter Dreyer in both Trinidad […]

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Is Timing Everything?

First published in Up-Date Magazine, May 2011 issue Written by Shireen Sondhi, Stitt Feld Handy Group When should you go to mediation? The short answer is that mediation can be conducted at any stage of the dispute resolution process. However, there are many different factors that can help you to determine when it is most […]

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