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Tips on having difficult conversations

Being a good manager means being able to speak to employees when issues arise

In this episode 190 of the podcast I bring you my tips and ideas on how to best handle having difficult conversations with employees.

One of the most difficult parts of managing people is having uncomfortable conversations particularly about performance and behaviour. But it can be an easier process and one that you do not have to dread.

In this episode of the podcast I cover:

  • What is a difficult conversation?
  • Examples of difficult conversations
  • Reasons we avoid difficult conversations
  • The dangers of avoiding difficult conversations
  • What makes it easier to deal with
  • My simple approach to difficult conversations
  • Why ‘Kind Candour’ is key
  • Why you should follow Gary Vaynerchuck’s example when dealing with employee issues that arise

During the Podcast I referred to a blog post and book. You can read the blog post here: https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/kind-candor-and-why-how-you-deliver-the-medicine-matters-road-to-twelve-and-a-half-series/

The book is Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success – by Gary Vaynerchuk

You can purchase the book via Amazon HERE *

*please note that if you use this link it is an affiliate link which means whilst it will not cost you any more however we will receive a referral payment from Amazon.

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The information contained in this Podcast and post is provided for guidance and is a snapshot of the law at the time. It is provided for your information only and should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice that it specific to your particular circumstances.

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