Surviving Leadership Chaos
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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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Difficult Conversations: Nine Common Mistakes

Difficult Conversations: Nine Common Mistakes | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Talking about differences of opinion or offenses doesn't need to be as difficult as we make it. When you know how to have these conversations, you don't have to fear them. And your relationships can be even better after having them.

 

When we're caught off-guard, we're more likely to fall back into old, ineffective habits like the combat mentality. If you're not the one initiating the tough conversation, or if a problem erupts out of nowhere, stick to these basics: keep your content clear, keep your tone neutral, and keep your phrasing temperate. When disagreements flare, you'll be more likely to navigate to a productive outcome – and emerge with your reputation intact.


Via Gina Stepp
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