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Stop Avoiding that Tough Conversation!

December 17, 2012

Daily ReadStop Avoiding that Tough Conversation!

Conflict may feel uncomfortable, but it’s also costly to avoid. Putting off a tough conversation? Avoiding them may seem like the easy way out, but it isn’t necessarily the best strategy. Consider these 3 strategies to get back on track.

  1.  You’re not the only one who is dissatisfied or unhappy.  If you’re unhappy with an employee’s performance or a partnership, chances are the other party is too. You will also be helping them out by starting the conversation.
  2. There’s always another side to the story. It’s easy to get caught up in our emotions when we are dissatisfied and disappointed. Go into the conversation asking questions, rather than defending your position and making accusations. You will probably learn something that will change the whole picture.
  3. Now think: What is this delay costing you? Living with a difficult situation costs time, money, and loads of energy. You may think it’s easier to leave it alone, but preoccupation and agitation take a lot of energy out of you, not to mention the financial costs.

The pain and discomfort of putting these conversations off is usually worse than the dreaded discussion turns out to be, so go ahead and dive in. Life is usually much better on the other side!

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