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Mediators Asheville NC

Mediators provide mediation services for disagreements concerning such issues as premarital agreements, financial disagreements, separation, divorce, parenting plans, wrongful termination, labor management, victim-offender mediation and more. See below for local businesses in Asheville that give access to qualified mediators and for more advice and content on facilitative mediation and evaluative mediation.

Steven W. Sizemore
(828) 232-1623
123 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC
Specialties
Insurance, Mediation, Litigation
State Licensing
North Carolina

Susan M. Dotson-Smith
(828) 350-8595
BUILDING B, 959 MERRIMON AVE STE 101
ASHEVILLE, NC
Specialties
Mediation, Bankruptcy, Elder Law
State Licensing
North Carolina

Arlaine Rockey
(828) 279-6735
Marshall, NC
Specialties
Mediator
Education
Law School : University of Miami


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Ryan Brent Addison
(704) 637-6745
315 N. Main Street
Salisbury, NC
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Speeding Ticket, Family, Mediation, General Practice
Education
Widener University School of Law,North Carolina State University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Larry I. Moore III
(336) 379-0123
SUNTRUST PLAZA, 333 N GREENE ST STE 404
GREENSBORO, NC
Specialties
Aviation, Brain Injury, Lawsuits & Disputes, Mediation, Contracts
Education
University of Houston Law Center,United States Naval Academy
State Licensing
North Carolina

Shannon Lovins
(828) 231-6393
120 College Street
Asheville, NC
Specialties
General Practice, Litigation, Mediation
State Licensing
North Carolina

Barbara A. Davis
(828) 281-0446
PO BOX 604
ASHEVILLE, NC
Specialties
Mediation, Family
Education
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law,University of Florida
State Licensing
Florida, North Carolina

Andrea N. Capua
(828) 264-6126
642 W KING ST
BOONE, NC
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Family, Mediation, Business
Education
South Texas College of Law,Florida International University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Matthew C. Geoffrion
212 N MAIN ST
TARBORO, NC
Specialties
General Practice, Personal Injury, Family, Criminal Defense, Mediation
Education
University of Mississippi School of Law,Appalachian State University
State Licensing
North Carolina

John T. Stewart
(919) 929-0386
143 W FRANKLIN ST STE 202
CHAPEL HILL, NC
Specialties
Real Estate, Family, Mediation, Personal Injury, Wills
Education
North Carolina Central University School of Law,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
State Licensing
North Carolina

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Conflict: A New Perspective

by Julie Fuimano

I was recently asked to address the issue of conflict resolution at the hospital of one of our clients. In today's fast-paced and stressed-out society, conflict resolution is a critical issue. People don't always have the time or the tools to handle conflict.

The word ‘conflict' connotes something bad. People think of conflict and they think of two people in a heated argument. But as the workplace shapes itself to recognize and be more accepting of diversity and differing opinions and as companies write their diversity policies, why not change the way we view conflict and embrace it as something to be valued instead of dispelled?

Conflict Defined

Conflict is defined as a disagreement, a battle or to be at odds. In essence, conflict is a differing of opinions, point of views or ideas. Conflict occurs when two or more people see things from different perspectives, given their education, background, upbringing, knowledge of the issue, beliefs, time of day, mood, etc. Is this not the definition of diversity? Diversity is a variety, an assortment or a mixture. And accepting diversity means accepting that people have inherently different views on how they see the world and how to get things done.

The Source Of Conflict

So why then do people get so uptight and agitated when disagreements occur? There are two main reasons: one, when the idea is presented and then rejected, the person may take it as a personal attack. The second reason is that the person might be attached to it being done their way.

As a leader and a role model, recognize there is always another way to accomplish something, not just your way or the way it's always been done. Be open to receiving input from others, recognizing that their perspective offers you the opportunity to see the issue or problem in a way that you might not have considered. When you present your suggestions and opinions, detach yourself from whether your suggestion is implemented. While it may seem like the best choice from your vantage point, realize there may be many other factors that go into making the decision and that it's not about you as a person.

Acknowledge The Conflict

When faced with conflict, don't run from it; acknowledge it for what it is - diversity of thought. Ask each person to share his or her ideas. Compliment each of them on their innovative and unique perspectives. Praise each of those on your team so they understand how important their differing opinions are. By doing so, you are demonstrating leadership and showing respect for their diverse perspectives. Seek to understand where each person is coming from and help each of the participants understand the other's point of view. Once you understand the framework behind their perspective, you can help to dissolve the conflict and refocus their energies on finding solutions.

Focus On The Outcome

When its time to focus on selecting the most appropriate course of action, focus on ac...

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