It’s Hard To Hate Close Up (Wisdom From Brene Brown)

Last week I shared 3 tips that can impact your relationships in business. Let’s dive into those sticky, tricky underlying assumptions that make it hard to know what to do or say at work.

Think back to the last time you sat across the boardroom from your partner, or family member, with a contentious issue at hand. How did it go?

When you sat down and looked that person in the eye, what were you thinking? Most of us have a story playing out in our heads. You may be listing the person’s flaws. Or, replaying the words from the last difficult conversation the two of you had about something you didn’t agree on.

How can you shift the focus of your energy around these challenges? The first step is to identify the assumptions, stories, and tapes you carry into the room. The next step is to own those narratives. The third step is to challenge your assumptions.

This is my invitation to you: I invite you to consider each assumption you carry and ask yourself, “How true is that?”

Then, decide what you are going to do with the answers. As always, if you are challenged by this process and want the support of a coach while you work, contact me. (804) 372-7575 or

Wendy Dickinson

About the Author

Wendy Dickinson is the founder of Ascend Coaching Solutions LLC, a coaching firm that specializes in working with business owners and executives who plan to expand their leadership capacity as their business grows.

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