Start Close to Home
Look for opportunities to play a helpful third-side role with friends, family members, and neighbors, whether it’s mediating a dispute over a home renovation or coaching a kid’s sporting team.
Change the Story
Though a problem may seem intractable, assume that you can help make things better. Start off by talking about the conflict in positive terms.
Learn Some Skills
Mediate Your Own Disputes
Confront the conflict in your own life, and apply the lessons learned to the disputes of others.
Fill a Missing Role
Use your strengths to help others in the most appropriate way. Figure out what help is needed and fill the role yourself.
Create a Winning Alliance
Recruit help and build a team. You can’t – and shouldn’t – do it all yourself.
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- An Alternative to Traditional Dispute Resolution Instruction
- The Best Negotiation Exercises, Role-Plays and Videos for the New Semester
- A Case Study of Conflict Management: Family Conflict Resolution Lessons from the Home
- To “Get to Yes” with Others, First Negotiate with Yourself
- VIDEO: William Ury on “Getting to Yes with Yourself”