Reconciliations That Last
Reconciliation is much more than bringing conflicting parties to the table and making nice. In order to reach an understanding that provides consensus for the mid to long-term, proper steps need to be taken to ensure that the reconciliation is credible, viable, and sustainable. Our mediators are great at sensing and recognizing the real vs. perceived needs of the parties, finding the message behind the message, and guiding the conversation towards an amicable resolution. This is a valuable skill learned over years and decades of conducting mediations, and can often mean the difference between reconciliation and escalation.
"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” – Nelson Mandela
Reconciliation provides the most value, but is also the most under-utilized dispute resolution service we offer, because the process needs to be client-driven. In our experience, for a reconciliation to be truly viable over the long-term, all parties must express a mutual interest in pursuing it as an option, at which point our mediators will pivot and change the focus of the conversation. No matter how bitter a dispute may be, reconciliation should always be on the table.
Areas where reconciliation is especially beneficial:
- Domestic Disputes
- Wills & Estates
For more information on when reconciliation is recommended, our other Alternative Dispute Resolution services, or to contact us, please see the links below: