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Volume 1, Number 3, Aug/Sept 2000

Mock Mediation Roleplay #3 (continued)

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Credit Where Credit is Due (A Co-Worker Dispute)
John

You just can't understand Diane! She's complained to your supervisor at Research and Planning that on the last three projects you and she worked on together, you represented her ideas as your own. Her name was on the reports, so you don't understand the problem. Doesn't she realize that if you work on a project together ideas will merge and become shared?

The responsibility of presenting completed projects has almost always fallen to you, and while it's stressful, you can't help it if other people give you the credit! Diane talked to you about it last week in the breakroom, really jumping on your case, and you were so surprised that you've avoided her ever since. You like Diane, she's been a friend since undergrad school and you've always been a good team at the office.

When you were approached by the boss and asked to meet with a mediator and Diane, you reluctantly agreed because you really didn't feel you had any other choice. You can't believe she went to the supervisor over this. It makes you look bad, and you think she probably should apologize. You think Diane should lighten up a little.

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