So what about identity theft? Why are we writing about it in a blog about alternative ways of resolving disputes? ..When it comes to resolving disputes, most people are also the victims of this same kind of identity theft. The choice of what to do about the dispute we are in is often being made by the mind of our litigious culture.
We often notice things about people and their cell phones, which have now become a body part for many.
We can fully engage in advocacy without engaging in an adversarial approach. It sounds counter-intuitive, but when you think about it, the most clearheaded advocacy comes when the advocates are not shackled by a narrow focus on winning a positional battle.
Both the Irish and the Armenian in me smile; each acknowledging the gift of the other, each eager to share something with the other and both always appreciating the value of a good meal and a good time around the hearth.
There was a powerful contrast this year between a great one, The King’s Speech, that offered up an unlikely lesson in humility and an annoying one, The Social Network, which reminded us of what character flaws like arrogance, inflated egos, absence of loyalty and misplaced senses of entitlement look like. (Is there any sense of entitlement that is not misplaced?)
Representing both sides has helped me counsel clients better as I understand the perspectives of both sides, along with the views of the other “stakeholders” in workplace issues – families, communities, subcontractors, lawmakers and the consumers of the business products and services involved in the dispute.
When the law cannot give you the solution the circumstances need, it reverts back to the people involved and spirit of making things right to take the situation into their hands, go outside of the box and turn typical into transformative.
On this day of April 24, 2009, 94 years after the Armenian Genocide of 1915, I need to give pause, reflect on why I am here and how I have become who I am.
What is social enterprise and sustainabilty? How can internal spirituality that people possess be brought our in organizations and the daily work environment? Here are some individuals and companies that embody these traits.