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6 Ways to Get Over the Fear of Confrontation  

6 Ways to Get Over the Fear of Confrontation   | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As a therapist, it’s clear that the fear of confrontation is at the root of many people’s distress. Workplace issues, relationship troubles, and interpersonal problems could likely be resolved if people were able to address their concerns in an open and direct manner.

People who avoid confrontation often make excuses for their behavior, such as like, “I’m a peacemaker,” or “I don’t want to ruffle any feathers.” Whether it’s an annoying co-worker who leaves coffee mugs all over the office, or a mother-in-law who makes inappropriate jokes, a fear of confrontation often outweighs an individual’s desire to address an issue head-on. Consequently, the problem never gets resolved and the distressed individual continues to suffer.

Confronting someone in an assertive but kind matter doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, you might find others welcome your input and agree to create positive change.

If you’re terrified of expressing your opinion in a direct manner, here are six ways to get over your fear of confrontation:

Via Roger Francis
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This is an excellent review of how to deal with confrontation at work and home.

(From the article): If you’re terrified of expressing your opinion in a direct manner, here are six ways to get over your fear of confrontation:
 
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7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit, Even When They Like Their Job

7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit, Even When They Like Their Job | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To win at being the best company, you must first win over your best employees.
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(From the article): Ultimately, many people who leave their job do so because of the boss, not the work or the organization. Ask yourself what you may be doing to drive your best people away, and start making the changes you need to make to keep them.
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Françoise Morvan's curator insight, August 11, 2016 1:22 PM
Even the most selfless people want to be recognized and rewarded for a job well done. It is part of who we are as human beings.
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Happy Workplaces Can Also Be Candid Workplaces

Happy Workplaces Can Also Be Candid Workplaces | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There’s no trade-off between being kind and being honest.
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(From the article): If you want to implement more positive communication, the data shows that you must do so sincerely and authentically — otherwise it can have the reverse effect. Applying a technique disingenuously produces cynicism and defensiveness. Fisher shares that she encourages a positive and compassionate workplace “by modeling my own vulnerability and authenticity. I share my feelings and fears and believe in speaking to what is true. It’s amazing to see the ideas and energy that surface by telling people the truth. You tap into this collective drive. You’re able to come together and move things forward.” 

Leaders who want to get results should thus pay more attention to the critical importance of creating psychologically safe work environments by emphasizing positive, authentic communication. You can be both candid and caring.
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10 Things Trustworthy People Don’t Do

10 Things Trustworthy People Don’t Do | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Trust is vital for your relationships. To become a close friend who can be counted on, watch out for these ten things trustworthy people don't do.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): Trustworthy people express gratitude for the people who help them. They are confident in their abilities, but they also accept the fact that they would be nothing without the support of those who made their success possible.

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Trustworthy people aim to establish meaningful relationships with their friends, clients, and co-workers. If you can’t demonstrate compassion for others, then why should anyone care about about you? To become a person who can be counted on, watch out for these ten things trustworthy people don’t do.

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Work is a Four-Letter Word

Work is a Four-Letter Word | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
I can hear the jokes already and most of them are not politically correct. As we get ready to enter a holiday proclaimed as LABOR Day, we should look at work.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): The critical question becomes: how do you turn a “job’ into a “work”—into something that gives you more than a paycheck? No, you might not be able to alter the corporate strategic plan, paint the garbage truck peppermint pink or change a boss from a toad to a prince. But, there are specific action items you can take within your sphere of influence. Too often, we expect management to lead us in career directions, to provide us with recognition, to make “it” a better place. It’s like a marriage: there is responsibility on both sides.

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5 Ways to Give Your Brain a Break Right Now

5 Ways to Give Your Brain a Break Right Now | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Here are  ways to give your brain a break during your workday.


Via Barb Jemmott
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Brain breaks can make a big difference in your ability to be productive, creative, and innovative. The paradox is that doing less often allows you to do more.

 

What do you do to give your brain a break, and how does your company help you do it?

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Ploys for PR?To impress new recruits? Not only... There is solid evidence that fun creativity breaks actually improve employee productivity.

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Crafting A Perfect Modern Resume

Crafting A Perfect Modern Resume | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Remember when resumes were one-page, black and white documents you handed to someone in person? Well, those days are long gone and if you want to stand out in today’s job market, you need to make sure your resume is both modern and attractive.

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Make Sure Your Employees Have Enough Interesting Work to Do

Make Sure Your Employees Have Enough Interesting Work to Do | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

When productivity starts to slide, it’s not always easy to pinpoint the cause. Our first impulse is often to take a close look at how we can improve workplace processes. Is it a problem of time management? Could it be that the technology’s not up to the job?

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But don’t begin with the usual suspects. If your organization is suffering from productivity issues, start by looking beyond the oh-so-standard time management course for staff. A bunch of PowerPoint slides over half a day will probably achieve very little. The cause may be more systemic. Dig deeper. You may be surprised.
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3 Ways to Get out of Your Rut That Don't Involve Giving Two Weeks' Notice

3 Ways to Get out of Your Rut That Don't Involve Giving Two Weeks' Notice | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Stuck in a rut at work? Here are three ways to get unstuck and be on the path to advancement, so that you can still grow in your job.
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(From the article): But the good news is: It doesn’t mean you have to do something major, like up and quit. You can take smaller steps toward advancement and see if that makes the job you have the one you want, too. As Thomas Jefferson said, “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” In that spirit, here are three things you can do to break out of a rut and start feeling good about your workdays again.
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Five Practices To Become The Best Boss You Ever Had

Five Practices To Become The Best Boss You Ever Had | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

An organization is a reflection of its leadership. According to a Gallup poll, 50 percent of Americans have left a job because of a bad employer-employee relationship. So it’s fair to say that being a better boss improves employee retention and the overall product, right?

 

Both of those goals can be met by authority figures being the same bosses to themselves as they are to employees. A manager can model the kind of behavior he wants his employees to display by consistently employing these five practices:

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(From the article): Admit your mistakes.

By that same token, own up to your own faults to show your employees that you’re not perfect. More people will trust you because you are willing to be vulnerable.

Answer to your mistakes, fulfill your responsibilities, and expect your employees to do the same. This tactic shows your workers that:

You live by the same expectations you have for them.You are the example by which they should work.They each play an integral role on the team.If they fail to perform their duties or functions, then the whole team suffers.They contribute across all aspects of the business.

Errors happen, even if you’d rather they didn’t. If managers want to minimize their employees’ work-related mistakes, then they have a responsibility to shine a light on their own missteps.

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Introverts at Work: Why You Withdraw and One Way to Cope

Introverts at Work: Why You Withdraw and One Way to Cope | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Understanding how companies can spark introversion can help create conversations that move from protection to innovation.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): To foster sharing, it’s important to foster connections with others and remind one another that we’re more alike than we think. To do just that, try to find five things in common with co-workers, people you disagree with or even people you’re meeting for the first time. You can do this formally, in small groups to ‘break the ice,’ or on your own, when your courage to connect is low. Go beyond the obvious – things people can see, such as hair color or eye color. But instead look for answers for something beyond the surface, likes and dislikes you both might share.

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What Happens When You Put Aside Your Ego And Take Your Mentors' Advice

What Happens When You Put Aside Your Ego And Take Your Mentors' Advice | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

You are a twentysomething entrepreneur ready to launch a new business and your emotions are running wild. You're frightened, intimated, and stressed, but at the same time you're enthusiastic and confident about what the future holds.

 

At this point, it's time to step back and listen to those who have been in the same situation.

 

It would be a foolish mistake and a missed opportunity not to value the advice, experience, and knowledge a mentor can offer. Put your ego aside; be a sponge and soak up as much wisdom as possible.

I was in this exact position prior to launching SDC Nutrition Inc. I was confident and probably a little too self-assured, but I knew I had to set aside my ego to listen and absorb as much invaluable advice as possible from my advisers.


Via The Learning Factor, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): Whether you're an established entrepreneur or fresh to the world of entrepreneurship, you should never hesitate to ask for advice from your mentors. Their expertise and perspective may be the knowledge needed to help you and your business succeed and prosper for many years to come.

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Ian Berry's curator insight, August 8, 2014 12:46 AM

Very good advice!

victor carney's curator insight, August 11, 2014 1:52 PM

when you listen to somebody that knows more than you do you learn and grow into the best you can be 

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How to Deal With a Toxic Boss or Co-Worker

How to Deal With a Toxic Boss or Co-Worker | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you getting pushed around by a colleague or supervisor? Here are five ways to handle a toxic co-worker or boss.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From article): Should you stay or go? If your health, personal life, and capacity to perform your work is suffering, seriously consider your future. Is the bully likely to leave? Can you transfer, job exchange, or remove yourself from the bully’s trajectory?

 

Don’t shrug off the pain, humiliation, and loss of job satisfaction that a bully can cause. If all else fails, look for another job. Your health and happiness are more important than “sticking it out.”

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Barb Jemmott's curator insight, August 6, 2013 8:32 AM

The article itself is an interesting read. The comments, however, give another real life look at the world of work.