One of the most challenging aspects of being a visionary CEO of a successful company is leading high-stakes conversations with your C-Suite and Board about challenging issues. Maybe you’re making a game-changing decision about innovation to enter a new market. Maybe you’re making decisions about reorganizing for transformation. Or perhaps it’s something else.
But like many CEOs, you may find it’s not easy to talk with people who don’t think the way you do. Some leaders find it tempting to push forward on a decision without having these important conversations. Yet leaving high-stakes issues undiscussed can lead to “elephants in the room.” This can put your company in a decaying orbit of the status quo, at high risk of disruption.
In this “Quick Take” conversation, we share what we’ve learned about successfully leading high-stakes conversations. We touch on the benefits of stepping up to have what we call “brave conversations,” and what can get in the way of being brave. Finally, we share actionable steps that you can take to foster open, high-stakes conversations when the pressure is on.
Successful high-stakes decisions require high-quality conversations. This takes bravery on everyone’s part. – Pam Harper
This week on Growth Igniters Radio:
- The value of creating an environment where people feel safe to express their very different perspectives
- Gaining inspiration for more open high-stakes conversations from the song, “Brave” by Sara Bareilles.
- Practical ideas for modeling and reinforcing the bravery it takes for more open sharing and listening when the pressure is on
- Watch Sara Bareilles sing “Brave” and read the lyrics
- Listen to our conversation with poet and advisor Libby Wagner about the power of listening and communicating in “Why Leaders Need the Language of Mystery, Ambiguity, and Artistry“
- Learn more about Pam’s keynote address at Pam Harper Speaks
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