How to Have a Difficult Conversation with Your Team
A five year study by Google on highly effective teams found that by far the most important characteristic of a successful team is to feel safe to take risks and be vulnerable. So how can we create an environment in which our teams feel safe enough to be vulnerable and in which we can have open and sometimes difficult conversations?
Whether it is a change in policy or a cut in funding, we all have to have difficult conversations as aid worker leaders. But saying or doing the wrong thing could mean diminishing your trust and credibility with your team.
In this episode I use some suggestions from Brene Brown's book Dare to Lead as well as some of my own experience to share four practical steps you can take when having a difficult team conversation that will build confidence and trust with your team and not destroy it.