Our Corporate Life
February 21, 2012   •   Volume 3, Issue 4   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Handling Difficult Conversations
Ask Amanda: What's the deal with "swirly" thinkers?
♦   Practical Tips: Stay Visible
Handling Difficult Conversations

As a manager, part of your job is having difficult conversations—with clients, direct reports, and your management—and yet few people handle this situation well. Most people avoid these conversations, which usually compounds the problem. However, with planning, these conversations can become more manageable and less emotionally loaded.

Recognize that focusing on your own anxiety or fears about the upcoming conversation only makes things worse. Managing your emotions is the key to success.
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Thought to Ponder

What you can become you are already.

Practical Tips: Stay Visible

It is very easy to get so consumed by the day-to-day responsibilities of your position that you forget that part of your job is to stay top-of-mind with influencers both internally and externally. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time but it needs to be (or become!) a habit.

Keep a high profile in your field.
You can do so by participating in associations, contributing articles, blog posts, or expertise to your trade publications, participating in panel discussions, and engaging with industry thought leaders.
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  ask Amanda

I have been very successful running my department and getting things done. I am now in tons of meetings with "swirly" thinkers--they go around and around and never say anything—and yet they are well thought of by management. What gives? D.B., Plainsboro, NJ

Amanda Mitchell

It sounds like you’ve been rewarded for making things happen, which likely means that you’re very good operationally. If so, you probably are very experienced in dealing with tangible problems and resolving them. Your world is largely black and white, focused on meeting your deliverables. Solutions work or they don’t.
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