Courageous Conversations: The challenges for women

You’ll better thrive in business by using these three strategies for having tough but necessary interactions.

We need courage in many different kinds of conversations. Typical examples include handling conflict, confronting a co-worker, expressing an unpopular idea on a team, asking for a favor, saying no to a request for a favor, asking for a raise or trying to have a conversation with someone who is avoiding you.

Many women find such “courageous conversations” challenging. Some reasons that I have heard women give for this include:

  • Fear of hurting the relationship
  • Discomfort with conflict


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