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December 7, 2023

How to have difficult conversations with external stakeholders

In the world of business, having difficult conversations with external stakeholders such as clients or suppliers for example can be a daunting task. Whether it’s telling them they can’t have what they want or challenging a late payment, these conversations often put us on edge. But with UK businesses reportedly chasing around £50 billion in unpaid invoices, it’s time to develop the skills and assertiveness to address these issues directly. Here’s how…  Eat the frog  It’s important to acknowledge that difficult conversations with external stakeholders are often put to the […]
November 7, 2023

Tips for handling difficult conversations in the workplace

In any workplace setting, sooner or later, you’ll find yourself handling difficult conversations. Whether it’s addressing an underperforming team member, discussing a sensitive topic with a peer, or facing a managerial responsibility, these conversations are often the ones we’d rather avoid. They can make us feel uneasy and anxious, and even make us wish someone else would step in. If this is you, you aren’t alone. According to the ‘The Learning Habits of Leaders and Managers’ report, 50% of managers cited difficult conversations as the biggest challenge they face in […]
October 8, 2023

Mastering personal impact: The power of assertiveness

As we navigate our careers, how well we communicate, work together and express ourselves shapes our path. This blog dives into personal impact, spotlighting assertiveness and cooperation. We’ll look at common behaviours like aggression and passivity, see why they’re not ideal, and discover why assertiveness is the best way to communicate effectively.  What is assertiveness?  ‘Assertiveness is an honest and appropriate expression of your feelings, opinions and needs’ according to Hadfield and Hasson. It’s about standing up for yourself and your rights while maintaining an open and respectful attitude toward […]