In a previous blog post, we delved into the intricate world of conversation dynamics by discussing the power of initiating discussions with tough questions first. We explored how this strategy can foster deeper connections and encourage openness among participants.

Following its publication, a pertinent question surfaced: ‘Are there situations where this approach might not be ideal?’ In this post, we address that question. Discover why considering context before diving into heavy inquiries is crucial for meaningful dialogue.

Context is Key: Knowing When NOT to Ask the Tough Questions First

Unlock the secrets to fostering openness in challenging conversations! Read now to discover why starting with the tough questions first can pave the way for more candid exchanges later in conversation. 

The Psychology of Disclosure: How Starting with the Tough Questions First Spurs Openness

In this blog post, we unlock the secrets to tackling underperformance head-on. Discover why traditional solutions like “more training” often fall short and explore alternative strategies to reignite motivation and boost productivity. Dive into practical advice and transformative insights that will empower you to lead your team to new heights of success.

Addressing Underperformance: When “More Training” is NOT the Answer

In the fast-paced realm of professional life, administrative professionals play a vital role in supporting leaders and ensuring the seamless functioning of organizations. Recognizing the importance of fostering collaboration and eliminating isolation, our Executive Assistant Peer Advisory Network presents a transformative opportunity for both leaders and administrative professionals. In this post, we explore how this unique network benefits both leaders and EAs and contributes to a more connected and successful workplace.

Bridging the Gap: Empowering Leaders and Executive Assistants through Peer Advisory Networks

Translate the wisdom from the first eleven episodes of “Help Me Think” into immediate action with this collection of free, downloadable worksheets custom-tailored to each episode’s content.

Unlock the Full Potential of “Help Me Think”

Explore how irrational narratives distort our understanding of challenging situations in the fourth installment of our series, “How Irrational Stories Distort Challenging Situations.” Delve into the Inadequacy Paradox, where chronic self-doubt skews perception, causing individuals to shoulder unnecessary blame and perceive their intellectual abilities as lacking. Discover strategies to break free from this cycle by embracing curiosity over insecurity and asking pivotal questions that challenge the narrative’s grip. Gain insights into reframing perspectives, distinguishing inner voices, and reclaiming a constructive self-perception, empowering effective conflict resolution and personal growth.

How Irrational Stories Distort Challenging Situations (Part 4: The Inadequacy Story)

In this third installment of our exploration into irrational narratives and their impact on conflict resolution, we delve into the Villain Story, a counterpart to the Victim Story we explored earlier. These narratives intertwine to shape a dual standard of perception, one that amplifies innocence while simultaneously exaggerating guilt or stupidity. Continue reading to learn how to overcome this narrative and foster a more comprehensive understanding of complex situations.

How Irrational Stories Distort Challenging Situations (Part 3: The Villain Story)

In this post, we explore the world of irrational stories in dealing with challenging situations. Part 1 discussed Fool’s Choice, where leaders limit their options and decision-making by believing they must choose between opposing activities. In Part 2, we delve into the Victim Story, where individuals avoid acknowledging their role in conflicts, hindering constructive solutions. Continue reading to learn how to embrace personal accountability and challenge this destructive internal dialogue to overcome this cognitive trap. Stay tuned for Part 3 to explore another irrational story impacting conflict management.

How Irrational Stories Distort Challenging Situations (Part 2: The Victim Story)

In this blog post, we explore how challenging circumstances can overwhelm us, leading to the creation of irrational stories that distort our perception of the situation. One such irrational story is Fool’s Choice, where we mistakenly believe we must choose between two opposing activities. Continue reading to learn how to confront Fool’s Choice and gain the clarity to navigate challenging situations with grace and wisdom.

How Irrational Stories Distort Challenging Situations (Part 1: Fool’s Choice)

Throughout my years as an executive coach, I’ve noticed ten mistakes that leaders often make when trying to lead with questions. Here they are in no particular order.

10 Mistakes Leaders Make When Asking Questions