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Having Difficult Conversations: A Guide for Managers (LinkedIn Learning)

Started May 28, 2020


Full course description

Term: Summer 2020
Date, Time & Location: Online Self-Paced Course
Instructor: Marlene Chism
Curated By: Talent Development via LinkedIn Learning


Having Difficult Conversations: A Guide for Managers (LinkedIn Learning)  (Links to an external site.)recognizes that, while inevitable, difficult conversations can be one of the most challenging parts of a manager’s job. Avoiding these conversations can be costly for organizations, resulting in absenteeism, poor performance, turnover, and even litigation. 

In this course, instructor Marlene Chism walks you through how to minimize emotional upset and conduct challenging conversations to achieve the best outcome for all parties. Marlene outlines four signs that it’s time to have a conversation, and what to do if you’ve waited too long. Learn about how to set the right tone for a productive interaction that can result in an improved relationship, and discover a conversation blueprint that can help make conversations easier and help you stay in control. Be sure to check out the resources Marlene provides in the course exercise files, which can aid in your future approach to having difficult conversations.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to know it's time for a conversation
  • Dealing with emotions
  • Massive mistakes to avoid
  • Angry emails and online communications
  • Getting distracted and losing control
  • Conversation toolbox
  • Set the expectations from the start
  • Blueprint for difficult conversations
  • Discerning the real issue
  • Radical listening
  • Making tough calls
  • Creating a culture of accountability

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