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Either/Or and The Conflict Paradox

Posted on Feb 11 2015 under Conflict Dynamics, Previous Programs

Bernie MayerStephenKotev2-smallIn many situations we see our decisions as an ‘either/or’ dilemma. Author and Ph.D. Bernie Mayer argues in his new book, The Conflict Paradox, Seven Dilemmas at the Core of Disputes, that the real challenge  is to find a new path that incorporates both approaches. These apparently opposing conflict practices need not be mutually exclusive—in fact, each is necessary to the other.


Bernie Mayer is a Professor of Dispute Resolution, at The Werner Institute, Creighton University. For over thirty years he has been a leader in the conflict resolution field. Bernie has facilitated many complex environmental conflicts, commercial and organizational disputes, interpersonal conflicts, public decision-making processes, and has an extensive background in family mediation as well. He is a founding partner of CDR Associates, a pioneering conflict intervention firm, located in Boulder, Colorado. Bernie is the author of many books and articles including The Dynamics of Conflict: A Guide to Engagement and Intervention; Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution, and Staying With Conflict: A Strategic Approach to Ongoing Disputes and his lastest book, The Conflict Paradox, Seven Dilemmas at the Core of Disputes.  Bernie lives in Kingsville, Ontario, and Boulder, Colorado.

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The Texas Conflict Coach® previous program featuring Bernie MayerThe Riddle of Principle and Compromise: How we can’t have one without the other.

Stephen Kotev is a Washington D.C. based conflict resolution consultant offering mediation, negotiation and facilitation services, conflict coaching, training and somatic education to private and government clients. He holds a Master of Science degree from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Stephen is a nationally recognized expert on how to maintain your performance under pressure and the Chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Taskforce on Safety in ADR.    

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