Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Provocative Mediation Question

Is it ok to make money? It's a question that every mediator has to grapple with eventually. I don't have the answers (I'm hoping you'll tell me in the comments below). I do have this observation.

We Just Don't Talk About Money

We don't talk about financial measures as a profession or status as individuals. I don't know why we don't. Maybe it's because doing so would be impolite. Maybe it's because doing so as individuals would make us feel vulnerable or judged. It seems to be a major barrier to our growth, at least to me. I'm really like to understand this more, especially since benchmarking is common with other professionals.

A quick internet search and I can easily find the average fees and annual incomes for other professionals like doctors, lawyers, and accountants. That's truly helpful information when you're running a business. Personally, I'd love to know the average cost to acquire a client for mediation firms. Or what's the average annual growth rate. Or even, just the average starting salary for a new mediator.

Could be I haven't been looking in the right places. Anyone out there got any ideas on where to find these numbers or why we seemingly don't care about them?

Try. Fail. Learn. Grow!



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