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Why Mediation Is Better than Litigation in Family Disputes

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Divorce and child custody cases make up the most significant bulk of family law cases presented before courts in the United States. Survey data shows that at least one divorce occurs every 36 seconds. That means there are at least 876, 000 divorce cases each year or 16, 800 cases each day. If all such cases were to undergo litigation, the courts would be overburdened.

Fortunately, mediation is an option. In most cases, mediators are lawyers who specialize in family law.

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Best Ways for Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

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Business leaders face the uphill task of resolving conflict within work environments so that business operations can run smoothly. The responsibility falls on directors, managers, and executives to settle disputes between staff members amicably and fairly. Doing so, however, is easier said than done. A whopping 60% of business leaders and employees have never received training on conflict resolution in the workplace.

Healthy co-worker relationships are the backbone of a thriving business since workers are an organization’s most important asset. Employees

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Qualities You Should Look for When Facilitating Team Leadership Development

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Facilitating team leadership development is paramount to enable your management to handle challenges that come with leading a diverse team. And while you can recognize a good leader when you see one, it’s important to develop those leadership traits where you can. Consider these five essential attributes when facilitating leadership development.

Unbiased perspective: It would be uncomfortable for a manager to steer a meeting towards a preplanned conclusion. The team may end up feeling uncomfortable and sometimes even threatened if the

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Top 5 Benefits of Relational Leadership Style

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The success of an organization specifically depends on several factors, but one of the major factors that influence the success of the company is the leadership style exemplified by the leader. Working through conflicts in the workplace and motivating employees are highly dependent on the leadership style that sets the cultural tone for the company.

Despite there being several leadership styles that have their own merits and demerits, Relational Leadership attributes have proven to be some of the most effective incorporated

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Understanding the 9 Different Personalities in the Office

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If employees don’t stay at your company for long, call in sick all the time, or have poor productivity, you might have a problem with workplace conflict and disputes.

United States employees spend around 2.1 hours each week involved in conflicts in the workplace. This comes out to about $359 billion spent on workplace conflict instead of on positive productivity. Managers typically spend 25% to 40% of their time trying to resolve workplace disputes and conflict. That can amount to as

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Using Couples Mediation to Resolve Conflicts

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Marriage is a long and difficult road at times. Every couple faces trials at some point that will test their relationship. The reason almost 50% of marriages end in divorce is that, at some point, the couple cannot come to an understanding with each other. In fact, in America, there is one divorce approximately every 36 seconds. That’s nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week and 876,000 divorces a year. That is a lot of cases that can

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Why Engaged Culture Dialogue Is Central to the Relational Leadership Model

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Whether at home or at work, everyone encounters disagreements at one point or another. Conflicts in the workplace can come in a wide variety of forms, including commercial problems, employment issues, discrimination disputes, and much more. Fortunately, there are available resources that can provide mediation training services and lead to a more engaged culture, effectively keeping your company happy and running smoothly.

By using cutting-edge relational leadership techniques, businesses can handle and move on from all kinds of conflicts in the

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What Is a Limited Divorce in the State of Maryland?

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The U.S., there is one divorce approximately every 36 seconds. That ends up coming out to about 876,000 divorces a year. But divorce and family law varies from state to state, and that includes both the definition of divorce, how the process is carried out, and what it entails. As in other states, you can choose to mediate your divorce in Maryland rather than go through the court. But there are two types of divorce in

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We Can’t Avoid Every Conflict at Work — So Here’s How to Get Through It

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Conflict is inevitable in life. At some point, something you do will irritate or aggravate someone you live or work with or see socially, and just as equally, you will be irritated and aggravated with someone else. When it’s a family member or friend, you likely can be frank with them, have a conversation, and work it out. It’s not always easy or fun, but there’s a personal element to those relationships that sometimes allows for easier remediation. When it

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How Can Leaders Inspire Their Employees?

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It’s no secret that being a manager is no easy task — from meeting with clients to handling to day-to-day business, managers consistently have a lot on their plates. But one of the most important tasks managers have is ensuring their employees are being productive. Unfortunately, workplace conflict is all too common. In fact, managers typically spend 25% to 40% of their time dealing with workplace mediation. This is why it’s important that all employees feel motivated, inspired, and productive.

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5 Great Tips For Handling Workplace Conflict and Employment Disputes

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If not immediately addressed and corrected, conflicts in the workplace can cause all sorts of serious problems throughout an organization. These employment disputes can range from minor arguments to serious problems with management. It’s important to act quickly and properly handle any commercial dispute that is threatening your business.

Here are some helpful tips for addressing and handling workplace conflict and employment disputes:

Prioritize fairness above everything — “Where a mutually acceptable outcome isn’t possible, make decisions that are grounded in fairness and

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3 Common Employment Issues And How To Tackle Them

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A workplace can bring together a variety of people from different backgrounds for a common purpose, but it can also be a breeding ground for employment issues. In the United States, companies spend about 2.1 hours every week involved in workplace conflict, which amounts to approximately $359 billion in paid hours focused on conflict rather than positive productivity. Learn how to successfully handle common employment disputes and transform your workplace into a pleasant and productive environment.

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Employment issues often take

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Common Types Of Commercial Disputes You Should Know

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Commercial litigation is a branch of law that covers a wide range of business and workplace disputes and issues. Any business will want to avoid this type of litigation as much as possible, as it tends to have a negative impact on your business as well as your individual livelihood. The best way to avoid commercial disputes is by adopting conflict resolution processes, like mediation and arbitration, as organizations have reportedly seen between a 50% and 80% reduction in litigation

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How To Avoid Employment Disputes Before They Turn Into Lawsuits

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In the perfect workplace, every employee and every manager would get along perfectly. In fact, there would never be conflicts of any kind. No one would steal anyone else’s lunch from the office refrigerator, no one would ever bring up politics, and no one would ever create a hostile work environment. Unfortunately, those workplaces are few and far between. Most will have a diverse range of personalities that inevitably come in conflict with one another. It’s also why, on average,

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The 5 Components Of The Relational Leadership Style Of Leading

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While some may think that good leadership takes no more than telling people what to do and having them actually do it, there are many different styles in the field of leadership that any manager, employer, or community organizer can study. Relational leadership style is a relational process of people working together in an attempt to accomplish change or make a difference in the interest of the common good. There are five main components of relational leadership that you need

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Why Divorce Mediation Could Work For You

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In any divorce, the process of figuring out what is best for both spouses and the extended family can be tough. The judgment of every involved party is often clouded by personal wishes and perhaps some long-held grudges as well. Someone who has gone through divorce mediation training can serve as an objective third party to help resolve issues of the divorce. Discover these benefits of divorce mediation, which can ultimately assist in figuring out what is best for everyone.

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5 Common Mistakes In Workplace Conflict Management

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Conflicts in the workplace can quickly turn into serious HR issues when managed incorrectly. There are plenty of tips to successfully manage workplace disputes, but sometimes knowing what not to do is a more helpful learning tool. Keep a conflicts from transforming into major HR issues by knowing these common mistakes.

Avoiding ConflictBoth within and outside of the workplace, the instinct of many people is to avoid dealing with the conflict. While this strategy can momentarily ease stress, the conflict will

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Encouraging The 3 R’s Of The Relational Process

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When you’re trying to mediate a workplace conflict, it involves more strategy than you may think. The average manager spends roughly 25% to 40% of their time handling workplace conflicts, which equals one to two days of every work week. One of the most effective ways to mediate workplace disputes is by using the relational process. In the relational process, the mediator should foster and model the three R’s: respect, recognition, and reflection.

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In any interaction between human beings, respect is

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About Baltimore Mediation

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Baltimore Mediation was established in 1993 by Louise Phipps Senft as the first private mediation firm in the state of Maryland. For over 25 years, the mediators at Baltimore Mediation have been in the day-to-day business of mediating inter-personal and multi-party disputes and facilitating divergent group dialogue in for-profit and non-profit organizations, as well as training and mentoring transformative mediators across the United States and Europe. Our emphasis is placed on quality dialogue as a pathway to common ground, clarity

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