During the breaks at a conference, where I was the keynote speaker, several participants sought guidance. They walked away with scripts for upcoming and challenging conversations along with a caveat, You can only do your best with your fifty percent of the conversation. There is no guarantee how the other person is going to respond or react. Hard conversations are hard!
It is well known that those with an extroverted preference tend to blurt out their thoughts without thinking them through. I call those moments “Fumble Mouth.” Often our thoughts tend to spill off our lips like a water fountain; sometimes sweet and innocent words and other times awkward, inappropriate or even rude words.
Regrettably, discrimination and harassment continue in our workplaces, organizations and communities. Regrettably, there are places, times and people with whom we need to assert our rights. But are we clear on what those rights are?
Read through the following list and mark each item that you need to incorporate into your work day. Ask yourself, “Why haven’t I believed I have this right? What am I afraid will happen if I assume this right?” Visualize yourself having this right and notice how you feel. Then act on it.
During the research phase of writing my book From Woe to WOW: How Resilient Women Succeed at Work I gave women audience members a survey. I asked: [Read more…]