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Introduction to Mediation
According to Bolman and Deal (2017), “Successful change requires an ability to frame issues politically, confronting conflict, building coalitions, and establishing areas for negotiating differences into workable pacts” (p. 376). That ability requires a leader to be adept at mediation. Based on the readings for this unit and the interview with Dr. Thomas Fiutak, how do you define mediation? How do you see mediation as applying to your current or future position in leadership in higher education?
Respond substantively to the posts of at least two peers, referencing the assigned readings as well as other theoretical, empirical, or professional literature to support your assertions. In each response, do one or more of the following:
Ask a probing question.
Offer a suggestion.
Elaborate on a particular point.
Provide an alternative opinion.
Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. E. (2017). Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership (6th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.