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Wednesday, December 14

How many mediators does it take to change a lightbulb?

Well, let's unpack that shall we?

First of all, let's be clear that it is not the mediator's function to change the lightbulb.

The mediator will explore with the lightbulb how it feels about the on and off nature of its job, its unhappiness at always having to work nights, and its relationships with the other parties, including the new lightbulbs that it feels are a threat to its position.

The mediator will talk to the new lightbulbs, reframing and normalising their observation that the principal lightbulb is completely out of its box, and identifying that their real issue is that being picked on one at a time constantly undermines their team spirit.

The darkness seems quite hostile to all the lightbulbs and keeps telling them to go and unscrew themselves. The mediator will allow it to vent its anger and express its distress at how it always feels unwanted.

The mediator will help guide the darkness and the lightbulbs, both new and mature, to a solution reflecting their new understanding of each other. Bright sparks will realise that you will have to be left in the dark now because the final outcome is confidential.

2 Comments:

Anonymous paul@seattlelawandmediation.net said...

DO you know the author of this? I'd like to use it in a newsletter.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Tenebris said...

Sorry, no. (When I do, I attribute.) Closest I can come to a dedicated source is this, but although it is my first time seeing that site, it is not my first time seeing those bits of humour. That particular light bulb joke goes back to some of my earliest on-line humour collections (now nearly ten years old), so it must have been drifting around the Internet at least that long.

Sorry I can't be more help.

10:14 PM  

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