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Stewart Levine is a "Resolutionary"
Stewart is a recovering litigator, preaching his message and teaching the conversational and thinking skills you need to make the aspirations of your life a reality. His message:
"You have the capacity and wisdom to build connection and
collaboration while reducing the cost and pain of conflict,
increasing your happiness, effectiveness and productivity
Learn more about him at www.ResolutionWorks.com
Stewart is the founder of RESOLUTIONWORKS. His personal mission is to promote collaboration and change the way our culture currently resolves conflicts: To become reliant on resolution and agreement for its business and personal relationships. Getting to Resolution is drawn from 35 years of experience as a lawyer, manager, consultant, mediator, and trainer.
He began his career advising and representing public officials as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. He practiced law actively for ten years, representing individuals and corporations in civil and criminal trials; and overseeing complex commercial and real estate transactions. While working on his Master of Laws degree, he taught at Temple University Law School, where he was a Law and Humanities Fellow.
In six years at AT&T, Levine was recognized as a pioneer "intrapreneur." He taught empowerment and intrapreneurial business development seminars to managers as the company moved through divestiture. He was a partner in charge of business development for a consulting company that moved from servicing the small business market to working with Fortune 500 companies.
Stewart combines a dynamic blend of powerful insight and creativity. He is a creative problem solver widely recognized for creating agreement and empowerment in the most challenging circumstances. He improves productivity while saving the enormous cost of conflict. His innovative work with "Agreements for Results" and his "Resolutionary" conversational models are unique. As a practicing lawyer he realized that fighting was a very ineffective way of resolving problems. As a marketing executive for AT&T he saw that the reason collaborations fall apart is that people do not spend the time at the beginning of new working relationships to create clarity about what they want to accomplish together, and how they will get there. This is true for employment relationships, teams, joint ventures and all members of any virtual team. As a result of his observations he designed conversational models that create "Agreements for Results," and a quick return to productivity when those working relationships break down. He uses his approach to form teams and joint ventures in a variety of situations. He works with individuals, couples, partners, small and large organizations of all kinds.
Levine was a panelist for the San Francisco Bar Association Symposium on the Future of the Legal Profession. He held human resources appointments from the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association. He has written a number of articles advocating resolution as the highest art of legal service. The ideas in Levine's articles were endorsed by the House Judiciary Committee in its examination of case resolution in the Federal courts. These ideas appear as part of the Congressional Record.
His "Cycle of Resolution" was recently selected for inclusion in the "Change Handbook, 2d Edition." The first edition of "Getting to Resolution" (Berrett-Koehler 1998) was an Executive Book Club Selection; Featured by Executive Book Summaries; and named one of the 30 Best Business Books of1998. It has been translated into Russian, Hebrew and Portuguese. "The Book of Agreement" (Berrett-Koehler 2003) has been endorsed by many thought leaders. It has been hailed as "more practical" than the classic "Getting to Yes" and named one of the best books of 2003 by CEO Refresher (www.Refresher.com). "Collaboration 2.0: Technology and Tools for Collaboration in a Web 2.0 World" co-authored with David Coleman (Happy About 2008) provides guidance for effectively communicating in the virtual world.
Levine has trained companies in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, Colombia and Mexico. He teaches programs on leadership, management, collaboration, communication, conflict resolution, and virtual communication. He has spoken before a broad range of audiences including American Bar Association; Association of Association Ecexuties; Association of Legal Administrators; Association of Quality Participation; American Express; Canada Attorney General; Caterpillar Corporation; Chevron; ConAgra; Common-wealth Club of San Francisco; Deloitte & Touche; Genentech; EDS; Esalen Institute; General Motors; Harvard Law School; Herman Miller Corp.; Human Resource Planning Society; NVIDIA; Oracle; Phil Donahue Show; PMI; Safeco Insurance Company; the U. S. Departments of Agriculture, the Army, EPA, NASA; Simon Fraser University Center for Management Innovation; Society for Human Resource Managers; Society for Professionals In Dispute Resolution; Syracuse University Entrepreneurial Forum; University of Massachusetts; University of San Francisco; the U. S. Attorney's office; and Visa USA.
Stewart currently for The American Management Association, CEO Space, Seminarium and the International Partnering Institute.
He graduated from the Maxwell School of Economics at Syracuse University. He is an honors graduate of Rutgers Law School where he was Student Writing Editor of the Law Review. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.