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The Mediator's Toolkit: Formulating and Asking Questions for Successful Outcomes (Paperback)
Learn how to formulate and ask penetrating, paradigm-shifting questions for successful outcomes in any conflict.
Knowing how to formulate and ask incisive questions to get to the core of a conflict, challenge entrenched thinking, and shift perspectives are the main challenge for mediators and the key to successful conflict resolution.
The Mediator's Toolkit employs the author's powerful "S Questions Model," to provide readers with the skills and tools to develop and ask strategic questions that result in successful outcomes in any context. The S Questions Model toolkit dives into four dimensions of successful questions for mediation: the subject matter dimension, the structure dimension, the information seeking dimension, and the shifting thinking dimension. The toolkit clearly explains:
- The theory behind each question type, including exploration of relevant neuroscience and psychology
- The purpose of different types of questions
- How the questions work
- When to use different types of questions
- How to build and apply questions to mediation in a non-threatening way.
This essential practical guide will radically sharpen, focus, and improve the questioning skills of qualified mediators, students, lecturers, trainers, and those using questions to challenge and effect change, in any context.
About the Author
Gerry O'Sullivan is a mediator, trainer, and facilitator with over 30 years of experience in conflict resolution and training. She is an advanced member of the Mediators' Institute of Ireland (MII) and is a member of the US-based Mediators Beyond Borders Consultants Team. She has delivered training internationally with Lawyers Without Borders, in partnership with the Director of Training from CEDR, UK. Gerry delivers accredited Certified Professional Mediation Training in Ireland and has delivered mediation training for the University of Limerick's Masters in Peace and Development program, and she was involved in the development of mediation training in the Law Faculty of Griffith College, Ireland. Gerry is Director of O'Sullivan Solutions and she lives on the southwest coast of Ireland.