Guided Choice Dispute Resolution is a rebranding of a term “mediation” for a collection of the best mediation processes. Their goal is to get the earliest possible settlement of commercial disputes. The need to rebrand “mediation” is based on the fact that the term “mediation” does not have a common understanding among mediators, advocates and in-house counsel. Mediation is often understood to mean only a negotiation meeting, scheduled as soon as possible after the appointment of a mediator. The fact that mediation is a multi-phase process, including much pre-negotiation mediator activity to diagnose the cause of stalemate, is often lost. That loss often leads to dissatisfaction with traditional “mediation.” Guided Choice is not a new process. Rather it is a collection of best practices of the most successful mediators–it represents common sense.
By reducing the time for settlement expense associated with using courts and arbitrations procedures, Guided Choice processes reduce legal and expert expense, allow parties to better control and predict outcomes and consider maintaining beneficial business relationships. Guided Choice processes give the opportunity to mediators, advocates and in-house counsel to create real measurable value to their clients. Providing value is a key to the successful practice of law and mediation.
This website continually updates information about best practical settlement strategies whether or not there is also court litigation or arbitration in process. It also follows strategies based on developments in psychology and social science and neuroscience, While we tend to be more reliant on practice in the U.S. we also review and comment what we learn from other countries.
The purpose of this electronic publication is to collect useful and reliable information about getting disputes resolved at the earliest possible time. One of the problems with the field of settlement is that there is too much information available; most of which is not peer reviewed. We only intend to distribute information which we believe is worth the time of our subscribers to read. Having such information available and organized on one Internet site should help people organize materials in an accessible format.