Taking Mediation to the Next Level

About a year ago, Founding Director of Strathesk Resolutions, Malcolm Currie, undertook to take his mediation to the next level. Sounds good! But what on Earth does it mean? Read on to find his explanation…

“Well, the starting point for me was to go through the CEDR Mediation Skills Training course. That’s not to say there was anything wrong with my original training (The Mediation Partnership did a grand job!) but the accreditation through CEDR is recognised in 96 different countries world-wide, so it gives an immediate widening of spread.

“I was already a CEDR Associate, largely for consultancy and negotiation skills training around workplace (especially collective bargaining) issues. However, they had also invited me to join the CEDR Mediation Skills Training Faculty, so it made absolute sense that I went through the training before doing so.

“It was an interesting challenge. I’ve never been comfortable with being assessed (something that definitely held me back as a rugby referee, and part of the reason why I now coach), so the thought of going through one of the most rigorous assessments of one of my professional skills was quite daunting. It helped that the course was focused on commercial mediation, but I was nonetheless relieved to get my accreditation!

“Since then, I have been through CEDR’s equally rigorous training process to joing their MST Faculty. I have a clear focus on Workplace & Employment mediation, and that is what has also led to my delivering Conciliation of Collective Labour Disputes training on behalf of the ITCILO in Georgia and Malaysia this year.

“All in all, it felt like a serious challenge, but ultimately it has been worth it. My mediation work is now much more widespread, whether it comes direct, through Scottish Mediation or the CEDR Mediator Panel, and delivering the training continues to throw up new ideas and experience that I use both for future courses and in active mediations.

“I suppose it reinforces a phrase I’ve used for many years: if you stop learning, you might as well stop.”

Taking a Long Look at Yourself…

One of the disciplines that underpins mediation is the benefit that comes from reflecting on how a recent process has run. But it’s a habit that can have much wider benefits. How well prepared was I? What went well, that I might want to repeat? Is there anything that I can learn and improve for […]

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Reflections from Tbilisi

I spent the second week of April in Tbilisi, Georgia, delivering training on Conciliation of Collective Labour Disputes*.  As with all training courses, and journeys to other countries, I learnt a huge amount from the trip, so I thought I’d reflect on the key points through this blog-post. Vocabulary I’ve had numerous conversations in recent […]

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To mediate, or not to mediate, that is the question

Mediation has been around for a long time, and has been used very successfully in many, many situations. Despite that, many employers have been slow to adopt mediation as an approach, often reluctant to put it in place early enough to prevent some situations becoming intractable.  Indeed, it seems to be seen as an option […]

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Bullying at work shouldn’t be hidden by ‘playground’ stigma

This is Anti-Bullying Week 2018 (#ABW2018), with a series of events, articles and publications aimed at making the problem of bullying something about which we all know more and are better equipped to stop. As is inevitable, many websites and much of the Anti-Bullying Week 2018 material focuses on bullying amongst children, particularly in schools.  […]

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Putting Mental Health in its Proper Workplace…

Last Wednesday was World Mental Health Day 2018.  The day aims to raise awareness of mental health and the issues around it, particularly those that arise from mental ILL-health. I even put out a post on LinkedIn to publicise it, asking followers of my posts “are you going to do anything to mark it?”. At […]

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A record year for strikes

The Office of National Statistics has recently published its latest figures around industrial disputes, one of the highlights being the record low number of days lost to strikes, with a similar low for other forms of industrial action.  So, does this trumpet the success of the Trade Union Act 2016?  In short, no. To those […]

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Business lessons from the ridge

This time last week I had just completed a traverse of the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye.  Having returned to ‘normality’ and processed some of the reactions I had during the 32 hours we were on the mountains, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on how this relates to my work. This […]

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Are you dying to go home?

  28 April each year is International Workers’ Memorial Day (#IWMD18 #IWMD2018) so, for 2018, it falls on Saturday. It’s hard to believe that the world of work is still so dangerous.  Many of us underestimate the risk of the things we do each day. How many people in the UK treat driving along the road as the […]

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International Women’s Day – is it needed?

Today is International Women’s Day, so I thought it was timely to reflect on perceptions of women’s place in UK society.   A recent survey published by Sky News has suggested that a majority of Britons think that feminism has gone far enough.  But has it?  There are clear contradictions within the findings: 70% of […]

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