WDR Strategies

The Breakdown

Services: Negotiation Consulting, Mediation, Conflict Management, Relationship Building

WDR is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) company and doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits all approach. Instead, we use a principle-based approach to reach more people.

Negotiation Consulting

By its very nature, negotiation is supposed to be all about collaboration and productive relationships. A common misconception is that price haggling is negotiating! Treating it that way is depriving you of creative interest-based solutions.  WDR can work with your team to build empathy and collaboration into your negotiation tool kit.

Conflict Management

Difficult people, difficult conversations, and complicated issues dominate life. Whether your abrasive style might be negatively impacting others or whether you’re the target of someone else’s abrasive behavior, learn how to communicate effectively despite stressful interactions. Through conflict management, negotiators and leaders learn to solve problems creatively and manage high-stress conflict.


Mediators are impartial third parties that facilitate negotiation and creative problem solving among disputing parties.  Mediation can be used for labor or contract disputes, negotiations over employment contracts or collective bargaining agreements, during any level of the grievance process, or for any other conflict that parties agree to submit to mediation. A similar model is also used to facilitate teamwork, communication, and problem solving between or within work groups.

Who we do it for . . .

WDR’s focus is on labor-management, workplace, and business relationships. Thus, we work with both “sides” separately and together to redefine relationships. Think about it: instead of arguing how to divide the pie, let’s make it bigger so there’s more pie to go around.

How it works . . .

Feel free to get started by using any of the tips in our blog. Whether you do it all yourself, get stuck in the middle, or need help from the start, WDR is ready to support your team. Using negotiation, coaching, and mediation strategies, WDR customizes solutions to fit your organization.

Instead of looking at it as labor v. management, employer v. employee, plaintiff v. defendant, WDR takes a holistic approach to help the whole organization. WDR works with your leadership, negotiators, and representatives to build a collaborative mindset.

What if the other side won’t participate? Find out how to think about high-stress conflict management, difficult conversations, and dealing with abrasive adversaries.

When to call . . .

Is your workplace hostile with poor labor-management, workplace, or business relationships?

Are there people on your team who just can’t communicate effectively because they rub people the wrong way?

Do you have any members, managers, or employees whose attitudes or hostile comments keep getting themselves in trouble?

Are negotiations tense and abrasive?

Are labor and management constantly polarized, hunkered down in opposite positions?

Does it seem like you’re always dealing with grievances, formal complaints, arbitration, or litigation?

Is conflict in the workplace eating up morale, time, and productivity?

Do you want to

  • Manage risk?
  • Reduce cost?
  • Collaborate?

If you read this far, then you know what to do. Take action.