Category Archives: Conflict

5 Common Leadership Behaviors That Crush The Spirits of Employees

I admit it. Sometimes when I’m under the gun at work and feeling the pressure of all my responsibilities, I can get tunnel vision about accomplishing my own goals and forget how my behavior is influencing others. It’s not that I’m trying … Continue reading

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Thrown Under the Bus? 8 Tips on Dealing with Unfair Criticism

Sooner or later…sooner if you’re in a leadership position…you will get thrown under the bus by receiving unfair criticism from a boss or colleague. Unfair criticism comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it shows up in your annual performance review when … Continue reading

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6 Causes and Cures for Defensiveness In Relationships

Your defensiveness is killing your relationships and you don’t even realize it. What? Me being defensive? I’m not defensive! YOU’RE the one that’s always defensive! That’s a classic defensive response to a piece of feedback. Throw up a wall, rebut the … Continue reading

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Do You Manage Conflict or Does It Manage You? 5 Strategies for Success

Conflict gets a bad rap. Most people tend to view conflict as a bad thing, automatically assuming it has to be an adversarial win or lose situation. The reality is that conflict is inevitable in relationships and it isn’t inherently … Continue reading

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The 1 Thing Every Employee Needs That Most Bosses Don’t Know How to Give

Every employee needs candid (yet caring) feedback about her performance, but most bosses shudder in fear at the thought of having that tough conversation. I’m the first to admit that having a discussion about an employee’s failing performance is one of … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Challenging Conversations, Communication, Conflict, Feedback, Leadership, Management, Performance Management | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments