"Based in Chicago, we provide services nationwide:
Mediation * Executive Development * Conflict Coaching * Family Councils * Conflict Management Consulting * Team Building * Best-in-class Analytic Tools * Succession Planning * Leadership Development Workshops * Meeting Facilitation * Parenting Coordination
Bridge Mediation & Leadership Solutions occupies a unique space in the world of mediation and conflict consulting. We love working with people who will continue to be connected after the mediation or consulting engagement is complete. Looking beyond resolution of the immediate disagreement, we help people find new ways to communicate and solve problems that will serve them well in their ongoing work together. We help you get past the drama and the fighting so you can return to the energetic pursuit of your mission.
Family businesses often struggle with the challenge of making smart business decisions in the context of long-term family relationships. Succession planning is hard and can bruise feelings. Performance reviews and 360s feel very different in a family business than they do in a corporate setting. Intergenerational and cultural differences can get in the way of clear communication and strategic alignment. Not only is the future of your business at stake, but so is your family’s reputation. We are sensitive to the special nature of family businesses and tailor our conflict management and leadership solutions to meet your unique challenges.
Non-profit organizations and educational institutions also benefit from an approach that looks toward the future. A board dispute or a contentious intradepartmental fight can channel valuable energy away from your core mission. A trained facilitator can bring a structured approach to rebuilding relationships, re-envisioning the strategic plan, or untangling interpersonal disputes. Non-profit resources are way too precious to spend on lawyers and drawn out litigation, even when the conflict involves outside vendors or third parties. BLMS offers a cost-effective, mission-conscious approach to dispute resolution, mindful of the ongoing needs and interests of the institution and its clients.
Families benefit from this approach, as well. Whether your family is struggling with elder care decisions, on-going custody or co-parenting disagreements, or trying to manage a new kind of relationship with your young adult who is back living at home, Bridge Mediation can offer a safe, constructive environment to find workable answers. If your family is experiencing the pain and roadblocks that come with conflict, we can help you discover a path forward that will better serve everyone’s needs and interests. Clearly, children benefit from parents who can maintain a collaborative, respectful co-parenting relationship. We can’t work miracles, but we can help you find practical solutions and begin to heal the wounds.
Start-ups and small businesses are a lot like families. As you throw yourself into the work 24/7/365, you also bring your personal values, passions, talents, and expectations into this pressure cooker environment. Sleep and resources are in short supply. Hopes are high. Opinions are strong and stubborn. Strategic decision-making within the leadership team will inevitably bring some conflict. Whether it is cutting up the equity pie or choosing a new supplier or allocating management responsibilities, personal clashes can get in the way of making good decisions. Bridge professionals can facilitate your negotiations so that ongoing collaboration is strengthened!
We are an alternative to “lawyering up” and taking your fight to court. Litigation is an expensive process that only drives the wedge deeper than before. It makes personal issues public and further polarizes the conflict so that win-win outcomes are even harder to imagine. Even Abraham Lincoln understood that litigation should be a last resort.
The most common reaction at the end of a Bridge mediation or consulting engagement is “Why didn’t we do this sooner!!”
With my coaching clients, I use best-in-class tools to help clients identify clear, resonant goals and the right strategies to get there. Many clients are seeking a more fulfilling life plan or next chapter. I can help you find the path that is calling you; you ALREADY have what you need to be successful on that journey! "Conflict coaching" helps clients prepare for difficult conversations or develop plans to live more effectively and peacefully in the face of ongoing conflict.
Why wait? An initial consultation is free. Let’s talk about whether Bridge can help YOU move forward.
I love helping people settle disputes so they can move on. Litigation should be a last resort. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, a mediated dialogue, guided by a trained mediator, can help the parties identify new options and mutually-acceptable terms. My clients always end the session saying, "I didn't think this was possible! I wish we had called you sooner." That makes my day."