By MWI Mentors Vicky Bennet and Robin DiGiammarino
Mediators looking for a personalized, structured way to fast track their skill development report success and satisfaction with their participation in MWI mentor programs.
Mentees work with MWI's Director of Mediation & Arbitration Services, Josh Hoch, to design their own program. Participants work with Josh on selecting a mentor or mentors, establishing goals and setting the pace for their learning. Sessions vary in number and can be scheduled back-to-back or spaced over weeks to allow for practice between sessions.
Each session, whether it is classroom time, observation of an actual mediation, or a solo or co-mediation, offers an opportunity to try a new strategy, take a chance, ask for help, and learn from mistakes. Working alongside an expert mediator, mentees have a safety net while they gain confidence in their skills. And mentees appreciate when their...
By Howard N. Gorney, MWI Mediator & Arbitrator
Howard Gorney is a commercial mediator and arbitrator with MWI. Howard completed his initial mediation training with MWI in 2004.
Recently, at a mediation between a nation-wide franchisor and a local franchisee involving a dispute over compliance with the franchisor’s marketing rules and a debit of funds previously awarded as incentives to the franchisee, I was in a meeting with the franchisee discussing an offer of settlement from the franchisor. Under this franchise agreement, a franchisee could earn substantial incentive payments for sales of the franchisor’s products in specific marketing campaigns. However, if the requirements of any particular promotion were not strictly complied with, the franchisor could take back any previously paid sums as a penalty.
After I conveyed what I personally thought was a very reasonable offer to the franchisee, he almost ignored...
By Josh Hoch, MWI's Director of Mediation & Arbitration Services
I work in a firm that provides basic and advanced mediation and negotiation training. Each April we offer a course in divorce mediation for trained mediators who want to incorporate divorce mediation into their practice. I often hear from newly trained mediators that they do not see the need for an advanced divorce mediation training. A few of the examples include:
"I have been a family law attorney for 20 years, I know what I am doing."
"Role playing is a waste of time."
"I can teach the class, I've seen it all in court."
"I represented a high conflict client and got him to settle just before trial. I can settle any case."
I was trained in basic mediation in 1996 and then began volunteering as a mediator to gain case experience. In 1998, I...