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Difficult conversations are easier if you enter them with a desire to help, not compete.

How to have a tough conversation

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At some point you will have to have a difficult conversation at work. There’s just no way around it. Whether you’re giving not-so-positive feedback to an employee, broaching a sensitive issue with a coworker, or even confronting a moody employee, there will come a time when you need to just say what needs saying.

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Holding a tough conversation is not a task for the timid. There’s an art to doing it well (i.e., in a way that doesn't make th

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