Tough Conversations – Another Perspective 

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on tough conversations, the image shows two diverse men talking with serious faces.

Tough conversations at work can leave you feeling upset, hurt, and downright angry. Often, these emotions continue to build and build as you reflect on what was said.

I know I have experienced this, and I’m sure you have, too. Yet, what I want to explore here is how can you turn this negative experience into something positive, one from which you can learn.

My opinion is that if you have to suffer all the negative emotions of feeling hurt, pi**ed, and disappointed when you have tough conversations, you might as well take some good learning from it, right? What do you think?

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Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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