March 16, 2023 •
Uncomfortable but Crucial: Conversations Leading to Change
A few weeks ago, one of my WGR DEI Committee Members reached out to myself and the other members of my DEI Leadership Team to get some advice on how to handle an uncomfortable but crucial conversation that she needed to have with another person in her professional circle. As it turns out, the conversation that the DEI Committee Member had with the other person went well, and they both are now on the same page about how to move forward!
This experience prompted be to begin thinking about the value that occurs when uncomfortable but crucial conversations actually take place! I believe that oftentimes apprehension about having a crucial conversation stems from how you believe the other person may “show up” to the conversation (e.g. with a closed-mind or angry/dismissive). It is important, however, to approach each uncomfortable but crucial conversation with both an open mind and heart. A good number of conversations turn out to be a positive experience, with both parties at the very least getting on equal footing, and coming to a place of shared understanding.
The next time those anxious or negative thoughts jump into your mind related to your next uncomfortable but crucial conversation, consider the “glass half full” scenario and come to your conversation with no pre-conceived notions and a willingness to yourself be fair and open-minded!
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