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Mediators Columbia SC

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

Alexandria Broughton Skinner
(803) 414-0185
3924 Forest Drive, Suite 1
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Mediation, Elder Law, Guardianship, Education, Uncontested Divorce
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law
State Licensing
South Carolina

Stanford E. Lacy
(803) 256-2660
P.O. Box 12487
Columbia, SC
 
Don S Rushing
(803) 313-9345
P.O. Box 1867
Lancaster, SC
Specialties
Personal Injury, White Collar Crime, Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,University of South Carolina School of Law,University of
State Licensing
South Carolina

Walter J. Wylie
(843) 249-0025
P.O. Box 389
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Specialties
Arbitration, Mediation, Family, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,United States Naval Academy,United States Naval Academy
State Licensing
South Carolina

C. Allen Gibson Jr.
(843) 720-4613
5 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
South Carolina

Robert E Newton
(803) 359-2547
218 E Main Street
Lexington, SC
Specialties
Litigation, Mediation, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, Family
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,University of South Carolina
State Licensing
South Carolina

L. H. McKellar
(803) 256-2660
P.O. Box 12487
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Litigation, White Collar Crime, Mediation, Business, Financial Markets And Services
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,University of South Carolina
State Licensing
South Carolina

Catherine E. Fairey
(864) 235-9090
213 Whitsett St.
Greenville, SC
 
Karl A. Folkens
(843) 665-0100
3326 West Palmetto Street
Florence, SC
Specialties
Family, Mediation
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Winthrop University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Joseph H. McGee
(843) 720-4604
5 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Estate Planning, Defective & Dangerous Products, Insurance, Litigation, Mediation
Education
Washington and Lee University School of Law,Washington and Lee University
State Licensing
South Carolina

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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