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November 1, 2022 at 12:48 pm #22331Paul ConwayKeymaster
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What options do Mediators & Arbitrators have to transfer knowledge?
Many years ago, when I first entered the field of ADR, my organization worked closely with an experienced and well-known mediator in order to train and build an internal ADR capacity. He was a mentor to us, so to speak, as we began our journey in ADR.
Prior to one training session, this senior mediator advised us that he had taken on a business partner who would be accompanying him. To our surprise, this “partner’ was very young. Very young. It didn’t take us long, however, to recognize and appreciate his enthusiasm, energy and skills.
For our mentor, his partner breathed new life and ideas into their shared venture. Both benefitted from this new energy, and the transfer of knowledge, ideas and client contacts that bridged generations. Their business flourished and expanded to eventually include several other ADR professionals and trainers across Canada, working in both official languages. Teamwork and collaboration allowed them to meet the needs of a broader range of clients. The more junior partner grew in skills, married, had children and now sports a few grey hairs. Everyone benefitted from the legacy and transfer of knowledge.
ADRIA mediators and arbitrators that have experience and established practices should consider this model.
Working with a young and promising ADR professional represents an investment in your legacy, your clients, and the future of ADR in Alberta. Mentorship and partnership arrangements require a degree of chemistry and trust. As we emerge from COVID, ADRIA looks forward to finding new ways to build these connections. Mentorships, practicums, entry-level rosters and networking opportunities will generate new avenues by which ADR knowledge and skills can be transferred.
As leaders in our field, we welcome your interest and suggestions.
How can we assist in building capacity for knowledge transfer?
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