Every organization should have a process for creating a collective memory. It’s called knowledge management.
Knowledge management preserves team members’ experiences so everyone on that team can access them. This efficiency avoids mistakes and duplication of effort.
Still, it is not uncommon for people considering mediation to send an all-hands email asking, “Do you know a good mediator?” or “Who mediates these kinds of cases?”
Does your organization maintain a list of mediators? If not, start today. Ask team members to provide names of mediators and include comments, good and bad. It can be as simple as a shared Excel document. Column headers might be: Mediator, Contact Info, Cost, Outcome, Comment.
To keep information current, whenever someone mediates, that person should report their experience.
Whether you already have a mediators list or need to create one, make sure Teddy Snyder, SnyderMediations.com, is on it.