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Leadership Without
Losing Your Soul

Podcast with David Dye


It’s easy to take things personally and get upset when you need to lead a tough performance conversation. In this episode, we’ll take a look at what might cause you to get upset and five steps you can take to keep your cool and have a productive conversation.

Leading a Performance Conversation without Losing Your Cool

0:58 – Be sure to pick up your discounted copy of Courageous Cultures through the end of June 2021.

2:00 – Why leading a performance conversation without losing your cool is a vital leadership skill

3:44 – Why these conversations can produce anger

4:22 – How to identify the thinking that undermines your cool

5:31 – The first step to keeping your cool – reframing what’s happened.

6:07 – Next, the second step to maintain your composure is to prepare for the conversation.

7:13 – Then, the third step for a productive conversation is to understand what provokes anger in other people and ensure that you’re not escalating conversations unnecessarily.

8:07 – Choosing sad over mad and avoiding mind-reading

8:56 – Next is the fourth step: when to call a timeout and rejoin the conversation later.

9:44 – Finally, your goal in every performance conversation and its role in helping you maintain your composure

11:34 – How to get your leadership or management question answered in a future episode (email David)

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David Dye helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. He’s the President of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. He’s the award-winning authors of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and hosts the popular Leadership without Losing Your Soul podcast. David is a former executive and elected official. David and his wife and business partner, Karin Hurt, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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