Founder and President William F. Lincoln
Bill is an internationally recognized practitioner of negotiations, mediated negotiations, and process coaching as well as a teacher and trainer. Through TLI, Bill has expanded his practice to enhancing a culture of cooperation to corporations and other large organizations.
Bill Lincoln is the recipient of two of the most prestigious awards in negotiation and mediation: (i) the 2003 annual Master Forum Award by the Straus Center for Dispute resolution of Pepperdine University’s School of Law and (ii) the 2004 annual Award of Excellence by the International Academy of Mediators. In 2006, on behalf of Conflict Resolution Research and Resource Institute he accepted the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize awarded by the Scandinavian Community. In 2009, he was granted an award in St. Petersburg for being one of two foreigners who did the most to advance the theory and practices of ‘conflictology’ in Russia — primarily due to his work with the St. Petersburg State University’s Department of Conflictology.
Corporations at which he has taught and/or process coached include Boeing’s Next Generation Leaders program, Microsoft, Edison Electric Institute, Ford Motor Company, The Traveler’s Group, SAFECO Insurance and Trendwest, Inc. Other organizations include Los Angeles County Sewer Districts Commission, the U.S. Federal Executive Institute and the State of Washington’s Department of Personnel Management Information Services program.
Bill’s dispute intervention experience includes work with The Traveler’s Group, Starbucks, SAFECO Insurance, Trendwest, Inc., EPA Regulatory Negotiation Project (diesel and pesticides nonconformance issues), Group Health Cooperative, King County Solid Waste, Seattle Public Library, Department of Energy (project decommissioning and decontaminating the Richland (Hanford) Nuclear Reservation), numerous school districts, insurance agencies, both the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Departments of Correction, Seattle Fire Fighters, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroads, and FAO/Codex Alimentarius.
His impartial intervention activities include labor management issues, corporate relations, environmental issues, community development projects, public policy disputes, prison uprisings, Native American affairs, court diversion and restitution cases, desegregation of schools, and environmental scenarios.
Bill also has significant international involvement regarding systems change, most notably in Canada, England, Pakistan, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, former Soviet Union, Russia, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, Haiti, Cuba’s Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales, Afghanistan, Sudan, France, Belgium, China, and Switzerland. Bill was also the former long-term Co-Director of the St. Petersburg- based Russian-American Program on Conflictology (R-APC) and former Executive Director of Conflict Resolution, Research and Resource Institute, Inc (CRI), which has been enveloped by The Lincoln Institute.
Bill served as one of the nine Federal Commissioners on the “U.S. Commission to Hear and Examine Proposals for the National Academy of Peace and Conflict Resolution,” on whose recommendation the Congress passed legislation which the President signed into law, creating the United States Institute of Peace in 1984. (For more on USIP, see Wikipedia)
In addition to teaching negotiation skills worldwide, Bill’s teaching credentials include having served on the faculty of Harvard University as well as almost twenty years as an active adjunct faculty with the US Federal Executive Institute [FEI] and for the past several years as a Senior Lecturer in the Career Executive Education program at the Naval Postgraduate School.