Archives for August 2013

Uncomfortable Conversations: The Key to a Successful Turnaround

 

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It’s never good when someone says “We need to talk.”

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” Tim Ferris

Getting a business or any team to change direction can be challenging. Throughout the process you’ll be gathering supporters, convincing stakeholders, working to change the minds of doubters while overcoming roadblocks.  And you may be doing it all without official authority or only lukewarm support.

It’s great to have a vision, but how do you get buy-in? You’ll likely have to have many uncomfortable conversations, usually prefaced by a few sleepless nights where you endlessly run variations of the encounter in your head.

We’re going to share what we’ve learned about uncomfortable conversations: how to have them, how to choose your words and how to maximize your opportunities for success.  And, most importantly,  how NOT to wind up dead in the game of “Kill the Messenger.”

Because if this was easy, everyone would do it!

Upcoming topics include:

What are some of the Uncomfortable Conversations you’ve had to have? Share in the comment section!

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Following some Mighty Bad Footsteps; How to avoid the Landmines!

Choose your actions carefully when you are the replacement for a weak leader

Choose your actions carefully when you are the replacement for a weak leader

Bob Whipple gives some great suggestions for leaders who take on an organization or department after a previously bad leader…great info!

Here’s the link.

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Pushing a snowball uphill? How to keep your focus!

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Focus can help you decipher the “Important” from the “Busy”

A few years ago I started trying to evaluate every action in terms of maximizing the results that could achieved by allocating my time in the best productive manner. That meant eliminating lots of busy work that checked off boxes, but never really advanced me towards my goal.

Sounds so simple to say, but it’s often harder in practice as you first get started. When you’re elbow deep in a huge project and have the feeling you’re spinning your wheels it’s tempting to be able to check ANYTHING off your list no matter how low a priority. (If you ever call me and I tell you I’m rearranging my closet on the weekend it inevitably means I’m avoiding facing some larger, far more vital project.)

This article in the HBR gives a great synopsis of refocusing your thinking can help you achieve.

How have you honed your focus to maximize your results? Share in the comment box!

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