I have been speaking a lot recently to professional women’s networks. The question of confidence often comes up. Women will talk about lacking the confidence to take on a more senior role, to stand up for something (often themselves), to…
They can be hard to have. We worry about the other person’s reaction. Will they be hurt or angry? We worry about our own reaction. Will we hear something we don’t want to hear? Candid conversations are hard to have but they are essential to healthy relationships and a great life skill to master. A great example recently was a case where an executive had been given some performance feedback and was acting on it, but with only marginal improvement. Meanwhile a search process had begun to replace her. But no one had had a candid conversation with the executive about her future. Neither side wants to have that conversation, but how is this going to end? She shows up to work one day and finds someone else at her desk? You’re not doing anyone any favors in not having those candid conversations. Hinting won’t cut it. Set up a time and have it now.
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