Do these questions resonate with you?
- Has your supervisor discounted you in front of your team?
- Are you tired of gossip and negativity?
If so, this article will give you a communication tool to start using immediately with your supervisor and team. You will learn 2 strategies that I teach during professional coaching sessions and resolving conflict trainings. It will be a great review for those of you who are familiar with these communication tools.
Communication Tool #1:
Expressing your concern to a supervisor
This case scenario is one that happens way too often. Your supervisor discounts you in front of your direct reports. Here’s a communication tool to use to voice your concern.
Make the conversation safe by using: I don’t want – I do want.
I don’t want to be disrespectful.
I do want to communicate my concern about questioning my decisions in front of my team.
Next use the power talk formula: I am – when – because
I am discouraged when my decisions are discounted in front of my team because it discredits my leadership.
Communication Tool #2: Stop team negativity
This communication tool is perfect to use when you are sick of team gossip or negativity. You can use this in front of your entire team or with an individual.
I don’t want to hear constant gossip and negativity.
I do want people to communicate directly to each other when there is an issue and NOT gossip with others.
I am concerned when I hear team gossip and negativity because the atmosphere at work is toxic.
There are no guarantees that you will get the results that you want after using these communication tools. These strategies are a great way to start the conversations. You will respect yourself for expressing yourself. Hopefully your supervisor and team will respect you for being open in a respectful way.
Remember these two leadership ideas:
- Leaders need to empower their team members to resolve communication issues on their own.
- The team can meet with the leader only when the team attempts to resolve the issues on their own.
I want to hear from you
Add a comment to my blog on how you successfully share your concerns with your supervisor. What stories or expressions help you get through these conversations? You will receive a response from me because I enjoy connecting with my readers! 🙂 You are always welcome to send me a private email HERE with concerns that you are experiencing at work.
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This is Joyce Weiss
Corporate Communication Strategist and Career Coach
Have a great week.
Until next time, Remember…“You Get What You Tolerate!”