Difficult conversations are almost never about getting the facts right. They are about conflicting perceptions, interpretations and values.Douglas stone Difficult and uncomfortable conversations are something we all participate from time to time and are hard to avoid both in our personal or professional lives. A difficult conversation is any conversation in which there are strong … Continue reading How to handle difficult conversations effectively
Successful negotiations create opportunities and knowing how to negotiate skilfully is essential for personal or professional decision-making, problem-solving, conflict resolution and to build collaborative work environment. No matter what type of situation you are in, effectively negotiating a successful outcome always depends on not only what you do during the process, but also on what you refrain from doing.
Constant exposure to negative people can have a major impact on your overall sense of positivity whether it be at work, in your relationships, business environments or in your friend groups. Recognise when negativity intrudes into your life so you do not have to be the target of others’ negativity.
]If you give into intimidation, you’ll go on being intimidated.”– Aung San Suu Kyi[
Some people resort to managing through fear or intimidation to exert control or to stimulate people’s performance, but it certainly cannot be a motivating strategy in long-term.
Whether the intimidation is internal that has to do with your thought process or external —having to do with the actions or behaviour of others, you can learn to overcome it.
“Leading is all about managing your mindset.” Your mindset not only influences how you think and interpret situations but also your emotional reactions, decisions and actions during adversity.
Feedback need not be always intimidating, negative, demoralising or disheartening. When done in the right way and with right intention, it paves way for personal improvement, problem-solving and change. Here is how to give corrective feedback.
What is your tendency in most conflict situations – Do you avoid conflict or seek it out? Certain conflicts or issues get tougher to resolve because we lack awareness in how we each approach such issues.
There is a very fine line between influence and manipulation. What can you do to more consistently use influence in your efforts to persuade others?
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.” – Paul. J. Mayer Do you often finish your workday feeling like you weren’t able to accomplish everything on your list? You start each day with a plan, to get so much done, a goal, … Continue reading How to identify your personal productivity style
"Empathy is like a Universal solvent. Any problem immersed in empathy becomes soluble.”- Simon Baron-Cohen Our relationship with others determines much of our happiness and success in life. How you get along with your coworkers, superiors, friends and family often depends on your interpersonal skills, and at the root of good interpersonal skills is empathy … Continue reading How to expand your empathic potential
What do you do when a person’s behavior makes you feel taken for granted, controlled or undervalued in a personal or professional relationship? Feeling undervalued can be extremely frustrating and demotivating, especially in workplaces when you want your efforts to be recognized and rewarded. When your efforts go unnoticed, ignored and unappreciated, you feel small, … Continue reading How to stop being taken for granted
“An empowered life begins with serious personal questions about oneself. Those answers bare the seeds of success.” -Steve Maraboli, We all are born with innate curiosity and a natural ability to question. As young children, we constantly evaluate as to what things mean, to understand everything intuitively and explore by asking questions. We learn to … Continue reading Power of asking questions
“We make assumptions, and believe we are right about the assumptions; then we defend our assumptions and try to make someone else wrong.”- Don Miguel Ruiz In today’s world, we are always under pressure to act now, rather than spend time reasoning things through and thinking about the true facts. We are often influenced and … Continue reading How to Challenge your Assumptions
"Too many of us fail to fulfill our needs because we say no rather than yes, yes when we should say no.” - William Glasser To handle uncomfortable or hostile or difficult moments or situations in your personal or professional life, you should have a strong sense of yourself and should find balance in your … Continue reading How assertive are you?