AND SO IT GOES!
Spring is absolutely my favorite time of year. It always feels like a rebirth of the Earth - refreshing, flowers blooming and birds chirping. What’s not to like!
In April, it was topped off for me when Jordan Spieth won the Masters. Several years ago, I was fortunate to take my sons on a golf trip to Scotland. Jordan Spieth and the Walker Cup team were right behind us on the course. We met Jordan after the round. He could not have been nicer and we even shared a beer. It is so rare for a 21-year-old to win the Masters. He tied the Course record and never fell behind in any one of the four days of this tournament. In other words, he had a goal in mind; he was a grinder and just never let up. But at all times, he was a gentleman and I observed him commending his opponent on the final day when he sunk a putt that put him closer to Jordan’s score.
We can certainly learn from this experience as we enter our field of dispute resolution. Keep moving ahead, do not get discouraged, and have respect for your opponent. It has been a productive few months in which I have been a part of facilitating resolution of cases from medical malpractice to bankruptcy. I am appreciative for all the good lawyers with these attributes, who’ve found a path to resolution.
I’m also appreciative of being asked to share my experience with others. On May 1,
I spoke on “The Art of Negotiation in Mediation” at the Dispute Resolution for Trial and Non-Trial Lawyers seminar in Augusta, Georgia. And in early April, as a former debate team winner myself, I was doubly honored to give the opening remarks to the Atlantic Coast Conference debate championship teams held at Wake Forest University.
Well, there’s still a little springtime left. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to seeing you during upcoming mediations!
David Zacks, President
Zacks Resolution, llc