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Mediators Decatur GA

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

John Wesley Spears Jr.
315 W PONCE DE LEON AVE STE 970
DECATUR, GA
Specialties
Litigation, Appeals, Estate Planning, Mediation
Education
Duke University,Emory University
State Licensing
Georgia

James B. Rhoads
(404) 723-8397
1162 EMPIRE RD NE
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Mediation, Lawsuits & Disputes
Education
Lehigh University,University of Pennsylvania
State Licensing
Georgia, Pennsylvania

Sharon Leah Neal
600 PEACHTREE ST NE
ATLANTA, GA
 
Joshua M. Kalb
(404) 888-4225
600 Peachtree Street N.E., Suite 4100
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Litigation, Mediation
Education
University of Michigan
State Licensing
Georgia

H. Martin Huddleston
2970 CLAIRMONT RD NE STE 790
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Divorce, Family, Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration
Education
Emory University,Emory University
State Licensing
Georgia

M. Ayres Gardner
COMMERCE PLAZA, 755 COMMERCE DR STE 800
DECATUR, GA
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Mediation
Education
Boston University School of Law,City University of New York, Hunter College
State Licensing
Georgia

Benson Edward Pope
(404) 233-0330
600 PEACHTREE ST NE
ATLANTA, GA
 
Allen S. Willingham
(404) 885-3725
600 PEACHTREE ST NE
ATLANTA, GA
 
Bonnie Michelle Lassiter
600 PEACHTREE ST NE
ATLANTA, GA
 
Lilia Rosa Bell
1275 PEACHTREE ST NE
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Employment, Arbitration, Employee Benefits, Contracts, Mediation
Education
Carleton College,Florida State University
State Licensing
Georgia

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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