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 What We Do / Relationship Development & Training / Labor-Management Partnership Building / Interest-Based Problem Solving
  An Alternative to Traditional, Positional Negotiating

Interest-based problem solving focuses on the interests that underline issues and encourages the use of objective standards in evaluating possible solutions. The committee members become problem solvers, working together to develop options and solutions that satisfy the interests of both parties.

Topics and Goals:

  • Introduction to interest-based problem solving
  • Basic elements of interest-based problem solving
  • Techniques for successful problem solving
  • Brainstorming
  • Consensus decision-making
  • Flipcharting and recording ideas
  • Active listening techniques
  • Select and focus an issue
  • Identify interests
  • Generate options
  • Establish objective criteria and evaluation options
  • Develop the solution