Hot Reads

Find out what books the DR Conference faculty recommend in the Dispute Resolution field.

Darin Thompson recommends...

Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice (2012, Eleven) by Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Ethan Katsh and Daniel Rainey ( Eds.)

Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice

This book is the most up-to-date and most comprehensive resource on online dispute resolution (ODR) available. While it is suitable for an academic audience, many of the essays are very accessible and 'easy reads.' Its contributors are drawn from our vibrant global community of ODR practitioners and academics, coming from the USA, Israel, Europe, Australia, Sri Lanka, India, China, Argentina and...several authors from Canada! Within the pages of this book, it should become clear that ODR enthusiasts love to 'think outside the box' when it comes to traditional practices and business models. In this spirit, the authors and publishers have made the entire work (hardcover valued over $100 on Amazon) available FREE online. Take a minute and skim at least one article for a glimpse of the future of dispute resolution.

Bettina Rothe recommends...

Leadership Embodiment: How the way we sit and stand can change the way we think and speak - Wendy Palmer

Leadership Embodiment

Many leadership books present models for thinking and speaking, but very few address the role of the body in leading effectively. Yet, a great deal of the effect we have on others is carried by our physical presence. Our body postures hold the key to lowering emotional reactivity, while increasing our power, resilience and flexibility. Leadership Embodiment delivers a practical “user’s guide” for effective embodied leadership, enabling practitioners to:

  • Project a powerful, open and expansive leadership presence
  • Create an inclusive atmosphere for collaboration and team work
  • Receive feedback and listen from a place of open curiosity, and
  • Stand their ground and speak the truth in the face of pressure

Leadership Embodiment techniques are based on principles from the non-aggressive martial art of Aikido, mindfulness practices, and posture awareness. They are designed to mitigate the impact of the stress and intensity inherent in leadership and daily life—like getting through a traffic jam, a promotion, a wedding, the loss of a job, winning a competition, making a production deadline, rallying a team after a loss, or making a product pitch. All leaders, be they CEOs, line supervisors, parents, consultants, care givers, administrators, teachers, coaches . . . can use these simple practices to learn to act with power, skill, and compassion. In part one of the book, Wendy Palmer offers simple postural practices that broaden our perspective, enhance interconnection and build confidence, accompanied by illustrations by Jen Mahoney. In part two, Janet Crawford pulls from cutting edge research in neuroscience and evolutionary biology to offer a biological explanation for the efficacy of the Leadership Embodiment techniques.

Sharon Sutherland recommends...

Conflict Management Coaching: The Cinergy™ Model – Cinnie Noble

Conflict Management Coaching

This 2012 book from our keynote speaker, Cinnie Noble, has been rightly touted as “thought-provoking”, “concise, comprehensive and informative” and an “outstanding contribution to the field of conflict management.” Cinnie focuses here on coaching people one-on-one to improve their skills for engaging in interpersonal disputes, and the applicability of her model to many mediation settings is obvious throughout. I find the “synergy” amongst Cinnie’s reflective observations on coaching in workplace disputes, the more and more nuanced approaches being brought to bear in collaborative family practice by divorce coaches, and the increasing use of negotiation coaches/strategists in international business contexts inspiring. Read the book before the conference to get even more from Cinnie’s two presentations there on conflict management coaching. And if you can’t make it to the conference, then you really need to read the book!

Cinnie Noble recommends...

"Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict" by Donna Hicks, Ph.D. Yale Press, 2011

Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict

Donna Hicks writes from her heart, her experience in international conflict resolution, and profound insights gained from neuroscience, biology and psychology as she explores the essential elements of dignity. Whether we observe it as conflict management practitioners, or encounter it personally, the loss of dignity and worth is profound at times of conflict - resulting too in increased vulnerability. In her well written book, Hicks explores, among other things, this aspect of our humanness and how to recover from threats related to the loss of dignity and ways to restore relationships broken when it has been violated.