In this episode of the podcast I discuss the importance of managing difficult or contentious conversations successfully.
In this episode I will cover:
- What difficult conversations are.
- Why we avoid having them.
- The dangers of avoiding these conversations.
- My top tips on how to carry out these conversations successfully.
- It should not be a surprise - Ensure that you are holding regular conversations about the required standards and performance.
- Conquer your fears - The conversation in your mind is always worse than that of reality.
- Change your mindset - A difficult conversation tends to go best when you think about it as just a normal conversation.
- Be prepared - You need to ensure that the evidence backs up what you are trying to achieve.
- Be positive - Spin your questions with a positive approach to open the lines of communication and have a positive dialogue.
- Handle reactions with care - Acknowledge emotions and respond with kindness and empathy.
- Cut out all distractions - Give your whole, undivided attention to the conversation.
- Be consistent - Hold all your employees accountable to the same performance expectations.
- Keep it confidential - Builds trust and confidence.
- Summarise your understanding and agree a way forward - Encourage your employee to come up with the solution.
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