“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:
- Getting buy-in from a decision maker to even get started.
- Telling a team member they’re not carrying their weight in the project.
- The budget projections are off. Way off.
- Requesting privileges, resources and staff time you’re not entitled to.
- Indifferent executive sponsors.
- Suggesting the killing of a “sacred cow” or a business line.
What are some of the Uncomfortable Conversations you’ve had to have? Share in the comment section!
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