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Mediation: How It Works 

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  • A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Solving Problems
    APA Monitor
    Beth Azar
    July 1998
    This article describes why BMC Associates was founded and how business mediation works. A former client of BMC is interviewed regarding the team's use of co-mediators: "They saw issues from different perspectives, so they could bring more of a fine-tuned approach to the problem we were dealing with." One associate says, "Our goal is to provide a unique blend of psychological techniques and business acumen."
  • Mediators Can Reconcile Warring Partners
    The Los Angeles Times
    Jane Applegate
    June 24, 1998
    This article tells the story of a father who started a business with his two sons: "But seven years later, the family business was faltering. The father and sons were so angry with each other, they were about to hire their own lawyers to untangle the financial and emotional mess." With assistance from two BMC mediators, the father and sons were able to amicably figure out a graceful exit for one of the sons. The company's lawyer states, "Through mediation they had a chance to say what was making them unhappy. If it hadn't been worked out, they would have lost $1 million or $2 million and gone out of business."
  • Mediation, One Discipline or Many?
    National Institute for Dispute Resolution Forum
    David Gage and Melinda Ostermeyer
    June 1997
    What professional background should a mediator have? Melinda Ostermeyer and David Gage make the case that the wide range of types of disputes that erupt in the business world make an interdisciplinary approach to mediation the most constructive. To resolve disputes most quickly and effectively, a mediation team should have professionals with backgrounds in law, psychology, finance, and business. The particular needs and circumstances of the client dictate which two mediators are best suited to quickly comprehend the client's situation, help them with creative problem solving, and facilitate a consensual resolution of their problem.
  • The Hafts and Mediation: Lessons for Businesses
    Washington Business Journal
    David Gage
    June 17-23, 1994
    Wealthy partners have more to lose when they fight! The Haft family partners' interpersonal and business conflict erupted into multiple lawsuits that cost them around $40 million. More than that, however, businesses were destroyed and privacy vanished as their sparring became front-page news. Most tragically, relationships among parents, children, and grandchildren suffered dearly. This article helps to clarify some of the many differences between mediation—a truly collaborative process—and litigation and arbitration, both of which are strongly adversarial.
  • Avoiding Costly Legal Battles Through Mediation
    Management Productivity Review
    David Gage
    April 1990
      Because most family business disputes involve personal or business issues rather than legal ones, the most appropriate avenue for such businesses to resolve disputes is through mediation. In this brief introduction to mediation, David Gage takes a look at this "fastest, cheapest, most flexible, least threatening" method of dispute resolution.
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