On Monday, I went LIVE on Facebook and shared some thoughts about the role our imaginations play in how we prepare for and recover from confrontation. The replay and summary are below!
I also announced my FREE webinar on Thursday, September 27th at 12:15 PM. This 30-minute webinar is all about the process of recovering from conflict. Whether you've been confronted or have been the one to confront someone else, the way you rebound off of a hard conversation determines the level of collaboration and performance you can expect from yourself and the other person.
If we're not careful, the way we rebound could undermine all the good stuff we built in the confrontation itself. These are the action steps for coming back stronger than ever. I'm excited to share them with you!
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Facebook Live Recap
If you missed me Monday on Facebook LIVE check the replay below!
Here's the recap:
Our imaginations are our tickets to the future.
We use our imaginations in improv to do what we call "bringing a brick, not a cathedral." When you and your scene partner bring just one brick to the scene, you have the opportunity to build something great!
This idea can also help us prepare for and cope with conflict at work! It's easy for our minds to focus on one negative action from a coworker and apply that negativity to that person as a whole. But that's building a Cathedral with just one brick, and that's not an authentic reflection of who that person is. Build a bridge, not a cathedral.
We can use our imaginations to build a bridge to this person. One route to this bridge is to imagine ways that we are similar to this coworker. I often imagine someone I'm having a confrontation with calling their moms to check in on them or reading their kids stories before bed. Picturing them doing these activities that I also do helps me see them as a whole human, instead of just my negative experience with that person.
This process comes from one of my favorite poems, "Human Family" by Maya Angelou. She repeats in her final stanza, "We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike". Imagining the ways we are more alike with people we have confrontations with helps us to build a bridge to that person.
Our imaginations are our tickets to the future. Make sure it's a ticket to somewhere we want to be.
Just Days Remain for Early Bird Registration!
If you haven't heard, &Beyond is launching our first ever online class called The Art of Confrontation™. It's a 6-week online class designed to meet the needs of people looking to have a more peaceful office culture with improved communication and collaboration between team members in their office. You can find more information and enroll here! Register before October 1st to get Earlybird pricing ($50 off!).
Group licenses are also available - set up a time to talk with me if you're interested in that.
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