Jon Aikman's Blog Thoughts on Mediation and Project Management
  • Mediator or Project Manager?

    I am often asked why I have “changed career” and become a Mediator after spending so much time as a Construction Project Manager. Many people see the two roles as so completely different that they are confused about why I should make such a seemingly radical change of direction. I on the other hand am confused about why they are confused! To me the one role compliments the other. Being a Project Manager has prepared me to be a Mediator and Mediation helps me to be a better Project Manager.

    Construction requires co-operation, co-ordination and an attitude of “getting on with things” to be successful. Programmes and expectations need to be continuously adapted to react to the actions of others and the environment. If eveyone on construction projects continued on their own private plan of action without regard to what others are doing the whole process would grind to a halt. Generally this process of give-and-take, adaption and team work goes on unnoticed. When the process of communication is not working the Project Manager needs to encourage the team work and co-ordination to continue. This is mediation in action, without anyone recognising that it is mediation. It is my experience of being involved in this process of constant mediation that I bring to my role as an Accredited Mediator.

    As a mediator I can now recognise this process of constant mediation in action and the importance of it to the success of projects and business in general. Now as a Project Manager I can use my Accredited Mediator skills in the work place as a powerful dispute avoidance tool.

    In answer to the question “Mediator or Project Manager?” – both and feel I have more to offer because of that.


    Published on March 18, 2012 · Filed under: Mediation;
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