ADR professionals are asked to where many hats, and are often called to wear them all with excellence.
There is much debate over whether it’s good enough to be good enough anymore, or if we all have to be excellence, but in the space of ADR, arête is important.
Arête is the Greek word for the idea of living up to your potential with excellence.
Now, we’ve talked about this before, but the issue becomes more important when we talk about client autonomy and a preservation of client self-determination.
Wearing that hat—for both clients in a dispute mediation scenario—is kind of like holding two thoughts in your head (and in your heart) at the same time.
For the ADR professional, becoming comfortable with pursuing this form of excellence is a strong part of the hard work of building something that matters.
-Peace Be With You All-
Jesan Sorrells, MA
Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant
Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT)
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