Krishnan’s office for almost three years was inside the Polish embassy which is right across the rail museum. And in the twenty years that we have been in Delhi NCR we haven’t been to this museum… On Sept 5th, we finally did make the trip. The weather was a spoilsport because it was hot and … Read more
Conversations at work, at times, are tricky. Sometimes they can land you in serious trouble, jeopardising all that you have accomplished thus far.
These conversations could relate to the dreaded performance reviews, optimal sizing of units or divisions, promotions, unilateral decisions getting communicated, firing someone, mergers and acquisitions leading to downsizing, one on one conversations with your notorious boss, office politics, exit interviews, the list is endless. Many of these leave you sleepless, full of stress and bearing the brunt of undesired consequences.
Welcome to the VUCA world. A world full of Volatality, Uncertainity, Complexity and Ambiguity. If the earlier generation knew and understood why certain things happened and did not happen at a slower rate, the current generation faces challenges and changes at the speed of light leaving them no time to fathom “why” and they end up just facing the music.
Personally, I did face such challenges in my career and business. Informing bankers and financiers that we cannot return their money or interest, telling my boss directly that his assessment of my work was way off the mark, refusing my boss politely but firmly that I will not agree to a change in my role, being in the collateral damage in the fight between two international leaders of the consulting firm, disagreeing with a celebrity CEO of a glocal firm on his strategic views of a firm where he was a board member….a fairly long list.
Did my views prevail or succeed in all these situations leading to favourable outcomes? Most times yes but many times not. Except in exceptional circumstances, you can do your homework and prepare for your conversations so that you can swing the decisions in your favour. Preparation, practice, patience, persistence..all help. The learning that you would have from such conversations and experiences are invaluable.
Am sharing the link to an article that provides insights into managing difficult conversations at work. Please do read.
Winston Churchill had a framed copy of this quote on the wall of his study – “If I were to try to read, much less to answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very … Read more
I had a leader once who never took feedback from me and one other peer of mine in the entire time that he managed us … Because we both had nearly as much experience as him and most importantly he didn’t “like” us. While many years have gone by this still rankles ! This man … Read more