While not as riveting as the recent election night results, I have some interesting data to report. I mentioned in a prior post about working at the MCLC booth at the Business Xpo last spring. During the day, visitors to the booth were asked to fill out a brief survey regarding what they knew about Collaborative Law.
I was at a meeting this week where the results were presented and there were a few interesting surprises. I’ll try to briefly summarize the findings here.
When respondents were asked to give a freehand reason why they would choose Collaborative Law as a dispute resolution process, the leading reasons were saving time and saving money. When the respondents were asked to rank a list of ten potential benefits of the process, two of the options clearly were chosen head and shoulders above the rest.
They were “Preserving Key Relationships” and “Developing Creative Options”. While cost and control benefits were important, considerably more business owners saw the benefits of “relationships” and “options” as the most important factors in why they would choose Collaborative Law. To me these factors go back to the simple principles that I learned early on in my career. You don’t want to burn your bridges and creating a “bigger pie” makes everyone better off.
Simple principles, yet they often get lost or overlooked in traditional adversarial process. If you or your organization is in or facing a dispute and you’d like help in creating a “bigger pie” and saving a few bridges, consider Collaborative Law.
To learn more about how Collaborative Law can help you or your business, contact our office today.