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Mediation: How It Works 

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  • Achieving Collaboration through Mediation
    Family Business Conflict Resolution Handbook
    David Gage and Scott Meza
      David Gage and Scott Meza explain where mediation fits in to the range of options available to owners of closely held businesses. Business owners "can follow many paths into conflict, but only a few paths lead out of it." In addition to mediation, the paths out of conflict include: negotiation, facilitation, counseling, expert advice, arbitration, and litigation. A discussion of the strengths and limitations of the various approaches is included.
  • Not All Business! Mediating the Personality Differences Behind Internal Business Disputes
    Dispute Resolution Magazine
    David F. Gage and John A. Gromala
    Summer 2001
      David Gage and John Gromala describe the unique methods BMC Associates use to help business partners prevent and resolve conflicts: "Unlike consultants, mediators do not develop a solution for businesses with problems. Instead, they help businesses develop their own solutions. Because each participant has a vested interest in the new plan, the chances of success are much higher." They describe business charters: "A business charter addresses issues that are ignored by partnership agreements and job descriptions. It is a non-binding memorandum that clarifies, among other things, what each person expects of the others and how they will work together."
  • Stepping into the Fray: Mediating Client Disputes
    CPA Administrator's & Manager's Report
    David Gage
    November 2000
    This article addresses the problem of business people pulling in their accountants to try to resolve conflicts among co-owners. Probably the most serious problem for any existing business advisor who tries to act like a mediator is being perceived as neutral. David Gage and lawyer-mediator Judy Weintraub describe certain red flags that advisors can watch for to know if their clients would benefit from mediation, and they suggest times when it may be valuable and appropriate for accountants to serve as expert advisors when their clients are in mediation. The article lists numerous advantages of mediation and suggests important factors to consider when selecting mediators.
  • Don’t Let Strife Ruin Business Partnerships
    Investor's Business Daily
    Sylvia Tiersten
    October 6, 1999
    This article tells a story of two warring partners who became clients of BMC. One of the 50-50 partners was actually a day away from filing for receivership of their thriving company. With the help of the co-mediators (a business advisor and a psychologist) the owners successfully changed the ownership structure and the leadership of the company and established a board of directors that included outside members. As a result, the company stayed intact and was successfully sold for sixteen times its value at the time of the strife. When the company was acquired, one partner declared, "The sale was the real culmination of the mediation process."
  • Can’t We Get Along
    Lori Ioannou
    December 7, 1998
    Lori Ioannou writes, "Entrepreneurs are used to warfare, whether it's in the boardroom with venture capitalists or on the competitive battlefield. But nothing leaves more scars than partnership brawls. When such conflicts arise, co-founders usually take out the big guns. The upshot: The business gets embroiled in litigation and is often sold to end the whole nasty affair. Unless, of course, entrepreneurs seek the help of business mediators like David Gage."
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