The Art of Mediation:
Ten Rules for Effective Participation
Kendall C. Reed
Thousands of years ago, Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War, in which he described a number of rules of war that if followed, he believed, would assure victory. Today we have other tools available for resolving dispute, including mediation. With apologies to Sun Tzu, I present here ten rules for participation in mediation that I believe will greatly increase the chances for resolution, and in any case, will result in certain progress toward resolution
Rule 1 – The Decision Makers Must Participate
Who is a decision maker? This seems like an easy question. When a party is an individual, then that individual is the decision maker. However, when a party is an entity, the answer is less clear.