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Mediators Chattanooga TN

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 Chattanooga that give access to qualified mediators and for more advice and content on facilitative mediation and evaluative mediation.

Joe Edward Manuel
(423) 266-4050
1000 MARKET ST
CHATTANOOGA, TN
Specialties
Arbitration, Mediation, Employment, Construction
Education
UNIV TN
State Licensing
Tennessee

Thomas Maxfield Bahner
(423) 266-4050
1000 MARKET ST
CHATTANOOGA, TN
Specialties
Arbitration, Mediation, Health Care
Education
University of Virginia School of Law ,Carson-Newman College
State Licensing
Tennessee

James H. Bisson III
(706) 259-2586
110 BATTLEFIELD CROSSING CT
RINGGOLD, GA
Specialties
Government, Commercial, Bankruptcy, Mediation
Education
University of Georgia, Athens,University of Georgia, Athens
State Licensing
Georgia

Lisa Ann Zacharias
(901) 525-7316
200 JEFFERSON AVE STE 725
MEMPHIS, TN
Specialties
Family, Mediation, Child Custody, Divorce, Adoption
Education
Memphis State University School of Law ,Pennsylvania State University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Dorothy Bonnell Stulberg
(865) 482-4466
136 S ILLINOIS AVE STE 104
OAK RIDGE, TN
 
Rebecca Garren Parker
(423) 490-4422
5751 Uptain Road, Suite 508
Chattanooga, TN
Specialties
Family, Estate Planning, Mediation
Education
University of Tennessee
State Licensing
Georgia, Tennessee

John Thomas Minor III
110 BATTLEFIELD CROSSING CT
RINGGOLD, GA
Specialties
Health Care, Estate Planning, Mediation
Education
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law,Vanderbilt University
State Licensing
Georgia

Mitchell Stanley Givens Jr
(423) 928-6561
114 E MARKET ST
JOHNSON CITY, TN
Specialties
Mediation, Litigation, Probate, Family, Estate Planning
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law ,University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main) ,University of Ten
State Licensing
Tennessee

W. J. Michael Cody
(901) 524-5124
130 N COURT SQ
MEMPHIS, TN
Specialties
Litigation, White Collar Crime, Arbitration, Mediation
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,Rhodes College
State Licensing
Tennessee

Margaret Jean Munroe
(865) 637-3223
PO BOX 14036
KNOXVILLE, TN
Specialties
Family, Mediation
Education
UNIV TN
State Licensing
Tennessee

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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