201512.04
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Why Not You?

I could be angry, and some days I am. Then, I see the young woman at the bus stop smoking a cigarette and checking her smartphone from a wheelchair. I could be lazy, and occasionally I am. I want someone else to do the heavy lifting. That’s why they get paid more or got elected….

201511.20
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Somewhere in Syria

Somewhere in Syria, children dream of going to school or playing with their friends. They make toys from twigs, rocks, and everyday items, and they jump, clap, and hug visitors. They don’t complain about taking baths, and they don’t throw tantrums because they didn’t get candy at the store. Somewhere in Syria, teenagers worry if…

201510.30
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Are You Overpaying Your Workers Compensation Premiums?

I often resolve conflicts involving the classification of workers. Typically, I am educating the Workers Compensation Board about the types of work small business owners and consultants perform for specific entities so the Enforcement Unit can determine whether freelancers were truly independent contractors. Increasingly, I am assisting entrepreneurs with premium audits performed by the insurance…

201510.20
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What Makes You a Winner?

“I got the worm!” I thought in a vague, Facebook post format. I was proud of myself for getting up early to make a trip down to the less expensive grocery store, where I could spend $20.00 to $30.00 less than if I had gone to the market near me. I was the early bird….

201509.16
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Are You Dismissing Others’ Individuality (or Your Own)?

I am working late tonight because I shifted a mastermind call to accommodate a performer/entrepreneur who is traveling. I typically get a lot from our calls, but this one was especially moving and timely. As we struggle in the United States to create racial, ethnic, and religious harmony, there are similar challenges worldwide. The Islamic…

201508.29
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Court-Mandated Mediation Isn’t “Free”

One of the asserted challenges of building a private conflict resolution business is that parties supposedly expect mediation to be free because the courts and several community organizations offer the process pro bono, or for free. While it is true that some courts, such as Family Court, the Commercial Division, and Small Claims Court, have alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”)…