Mediation and arbitration

Apart from career in diplomacy the scope for conflict resolution is immense. After all, where there are human beings working together there is bound to be some amount of friction. Mediation is a form of alternate conflict resolution. A neutral third party (the mediator) assists the conflicting parties to reach mutually acceptable consensus.

Media takes place in many forms. Party directed mediation is a technique that empowers each of the involve parties to directly influence the outcome through negotiations. Conciliation is a technique where the parties engage with a conciliator who then separately meets the parties and strives to resolve the differences

Mediation opportunities exist in most sectors and industries Divorce mediation involves trying to resolve differences between warring spouses in a non-threatening setting. In the human resources setting, mediators play the important role of ironing out differences within the organization. Others can also mediate between labor unions and the management.

My profile includes mediation and conflict resolution activities at the intra corporate level. This could be between employees of the same / different department or between employees and their superiors.

Arbitration is a type of alternative dispute resolution. It is used to legally resolve disputes by those who do not want to get involved in the legal tangle of the judicial system. In this system there is a third party (the arbitrator) who reviews the case. His decision is legally binding on all those involved.

A highly romanticized image of negotiators exists in public memory the guys who manage to cut a deal with the hostile group, lead the hostages to a safety and save the day. The truth is that negotiation careers don’t always play out this way. Negotiation is essentially a dialogue intended to resolve conflicting opinions and produce an agreement regarding the course of action. Negotiation is usually bargaining for advantage when trying to satisfy varied interest.

Specific courses are available for those who want to train in alternate conflict resolution and hone these skills. Courses at the master’s level are available at international universities while certificate courses are offered in India. The Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation offers various courses with differing focus areas to aspirants.

Skill speak

One needs to be fair, unbiased and respected by both parties He/she should be sensitive to the issue and in tune with the stand of each side. Many people wrongly assume that you need to be a psychologist for career in peacemaking. Long as the understand people and situation degree in psychology is not mandatory. Good communications skills the ability to listen to varied points of view and the ability to help people express and understand what they want is also necessary.

It is a common myth that only lawyers can be mediators or that lawyers are best suited to be mediators. Mediation is about sensitivity subtlety and understanding people. Exceptional mediators come form a wide range of occupations and backgrounds However some disputes do require legal expertise or legal permission.

Additionally there are some specific skills required for a career in international diplomacy. When working with an international organization, it is imperative to have a cross cultural and global outlook. You need to understand the specifies cultural nuances correctly being rational cool headed and socially sensitive is important as is flexibility and the willingness to work on ground in any part of the world.

Money matters

The remuneration depends on the industry the experience of the individual and the size of the organization. A fairly respectable organization of good repute will pay upwards of Rs 30,000 a month. Able people to resolve conflict are in short supply and the best ones can earn hefty payments for their services. There is also a return in working on such a respectable profile.

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