8 How to Hold Conversations Nobody Wants to Have

A STRONG EXECUTIVE presence is an asset when you’re a counterparty to a difficult conversation. The confidence and professional poise you exude can imbue the situation with a healthy sense of respect. Also, successfully negotiating a difficult conversation can add another dimension to your stature as an influential executive presence. Incidentally, a corporation is a unique and challenging place to have a difficult conversation. The same is true for any type of organization in which a hierarchy is in place, especially when careers and paychecks depend on some semblance of order and responsibility. Difficult conversations are usually easier in, say, the military or at the local police station, ...

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