Four Strategies for Dealing with Discomfort at Work

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bigstock-Help-787861Sometimes problems at work can take up a disproportionate amount of time and brain-space. Whether you are a top-level executive or anywhere else on the organizational chart, you might find a particular issue churning over in your mind at night and draining your energy during the day. It could be about anything: the future of your business or your career, a problem with your boss, colleague or your employees. But the stress can build, and, as your brain defaults to freeze, flight or fight mode, you can feel trapped, with little room to maneuver.

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Six “C-crets” to Transforming Difficult Conversations

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bigstock-Unpleasant-conversation-The-b-27250214Conversations are the basic building-blocks of relationships, so when a conversation goes badly, there is a lot at stake. Difficult conversations are difficult for a reason. They stir something deep within us. When our emotions are triggered, or our sense of identity threatened, we are  programmed to fight or flee,  so it makes sense to try and avoid them.  We fear losing our cool or causing discomfort, so we may just hide away from a potentially unpleasant situation and sweep the issue under the rug.  But, as we know, avoidance usually makes things worse.  When left to fester, issues escalate and it becomes ever more difficult to broach those conversations and face up to awkward or sensitive topics in a non-confrontational, non-inflammatory way.

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