Monthly Archives: February 2013

Thinking, Fast and Slow

An extraordinary book by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman. Not an easy read, but it will change, for the better, how you think about thinking. The insights can be applied in any number of situations we encounter, including how people react to conflict. Assimilating the concepts that Kahneman presents can make you more effective in confronting and resolving disputes. I will post more about his specific research findings directly related to meditations.

Avoiding Costly Conflict Escalation through Assisted Process Design

Growing acceptance of mediation and other consensual processes is allowing lawyers and their clients more readily to reach resolutions that avoid the risk and prohibitive cost of a trial. Many cases still drag on too long, taking on a life of their own, only to be settled out of exhaustion, with relief and resignation, on the eve of trial. Why does this cycle keep repeating itself? The core reason is the intrinsic tendency of conflict to escalate once it is underway. The investment of time, psychic energy and money breeds... Read More