Most scholars, would date ADR (alternative dispute resolution) and the practice thereof, 50, 60 maybe 70 years? Not so fast! First I must apologize for telling this story, as it involves my faith! Except one time when I was playing Varsity basketball, and we as a team, went into St. John’s Academy blaring “Jesus is just alright with me”, the Dobbie Brothers’! Besides that, I am a separate, Church and State kind of guy! I digress! I am at a Lentin Service recently and the facilitator puts up a slide that says“Jesus told his disciples and followers, be not only concerned with your interest but be equally concerned with your fellow man’s interest as well”.
Bam, it hit me! Even at the time of Christ, he was teaching and preaching the very principles of Interest based Services, meeting interest! I’ve said it before, it’s not magic, or pixie dust, it is very simple. Be open, honest and try to meet the other man or women’s interest in the path of life! If done, practiced and taught correctly, we can solve or at least identify problems and deal with each other more compassionately, honestly and along the way, do the right thing!
So, I can make a pretty good argument that the roots of our Practice dates back 2000 years! Mediation, Facilitation, counseling, coaching, just about any ADR program will have a healthy modicum of Interest Based Services, owes its heritage to meeting the interest of both parties!
All humor aside, a group in conflict needs to solve its own problems and it helps to have well trained in the trenches experienced practitioners like Andy and I have, with over 66 years of experience from both the labor/management perspective; then I & I Resolutions is for you! We cannot guarantee results but we can guarantee we will help you identify the problem, and speak openly and honestly, whatever your conflict or need!
It's that simple, do the right thing. Next blog we will address it’s simple, doing the wrong thing! Till next time,
Thomas and Andy
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