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Need to Have a Difficult Conversation? Here's How to Have It Successfully

Need to Have a Difficult Conversation? Here's How to Have It Successfully

Having difficult conversations is one of the hardest parts of being a leader.

It’s emotionally charged (for both parties, my stomach would be in knots too), we worry how it’s going to go (will I say the wrong thing, will they cry, or worse...get really defensive), and we sometimes sweep (and keep sweeping) it under the rug instead. The fact remains, as the leader, you have the responsibility of having these conversations, for everyone’s sake.

And, difficult tasks fall under your territory.

Don't Ignore the Sad Employee...Dig In & Have the Talk

Don't Ignore the Sad Employee...Dig In & Have the Talk

Whenever I would see one of my happy employees looking like they have had better days or were not quite themselves, I would typically give them some space, just enough. If after some time I still saw them in this state, I would always make sure to check in with them. Engaging with them here is a must. As a leader who cares about her employees, I want to know purely out of concern. Plus, if they are feeling down, having their manager not give a damn will definitely add fuel to their sad-fire. Something that you could easily put to rest by showing proper (yes, proper) concern.