Throughout our lives we experience a tremendous range of conflicts. Conflict is a natural part of our lives. Most of these conflicts are based in:
- Miscommunication and misunderstanding or different use of words
- Racial, cultural and gender differences
- Unclear roles and responsibilities
- Differences in standards
- Poor workplace management practices
- Marital/relationship difficulties
- Economic fluctuations
Additionally, there are issues of personalities, feelings, past trauma, and thousands of other contributors that may come into play.
These conflicts can seriously impact the workplace, including reduced productivity and staff morale. If they are left uncorrected, conflicts may lead to litigation, bitterness, high financial costs, wasted time and resources, malicious gossip and rumors, and reduced opportunity for positive change. Unresolved conflicts eat up tremendous amounts of time and personal energy.
Often many of the conflicts in our lives that appear to be settled have not actually resolved underlying attitudes and emotions. These underlying currents, if not healed, emerge later to create new problems in other areas. For many, these sorts of experiences lead to avoidance of conflict and the inability to see them as opportunities for growth, improvement, creativity, and change.
Modern mediation techniques are based in active listening, empathy, effective communication, collaborative group process, dialogue, interest based negotiation, bias reduction, creative problem solving, and contracting.
In addition to traditional mediation approaches, Myron Eshowsky brings a unique blend of methods based in aikido, shamanism, and cross cultural wisdom that help redefine the wall as a place of meeting. Wisdom gathered from throughout the world offer unique adaptations to modern issues and offer helpful approaches for addressing deeper level issues not resolved by dialogue and mediation.