Time often plays a crucial role in mediations, negotiations, conflict coaching, and other conflict related situations. Aside of the obvious billable rate per hour, there are various subtle yet important ways TIME factors into the work we do as professionals assisting those in the midst of a conflict or dispute.
Chronemics, the study of time, is a nonverbal communication element part of my PhD research (check out the Prezi) on mediators, and like many topics, is often best understood and explained through the use of metaphors.
Looking at time and the various metaphors that can be associated with it, for this post I will concentrate in the TIME IS A JOURNEY metaphor. I actually posted the following on twitter recently and it generated some great responses:
mediatorjeff Jeff Thompson
Negotiators, mediators & coaches- is conflict a journey? Does it get 'stuck'? Is 'moving forward' always good?
and the responses:
tammycravitJan 14, 9:50pm via Echofon