This is the next in an ongoing series of videos where I blog about my own efforts to walk my talk as a mediator and mend my relationship with my dad. It’s one thing to be a terrific mediator when you’re with strangers dealing with a problem you’re not living with, and quite another to apply those skills when you get home to your family.
The next post in this series will be on January 5, 2011.
As many difficulties as my dad and I have, it helps to remember the things he (and sometimes I) have done right.
As a young dentist, my dad worked on the research and development team that developed Crest toothpaste at Indiana University in the 1960’s. He was inspired by Joseph Mueller, Crest’s inventor, and Joe served as a mentor to my dad for many years.
My dad has always instilled in my a sense of professionalism and purpose in my work. Of course an important part of being a professional is to serve clients with exemplary expert service, but a true professional also dedicates part of his or her career to advancing the field.
Making Divorce Work endeavors to both help individual clients as well as advance the field of mediation.
I got the drive to do this from my dad, so I dedicated the book to him.
Of course, the minute I did that and sent it off to the publisher he did something that made me crazy. But sometimes that’s just the way life is. You can’t throw the good out with the bad. And the sense of professional duty my dad instilled in me is priceless.
I’m going to update Project Vic, for better or worse, about once a week. I’m going to see my dad January 27-30, 2011 for his wedding and my book signing, so he’ll even be a guest blogger!
So stay tuned, and wish me luck!