What is the difference between a difficult conversation and a fight?


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The answer isn’t clear logically, but we can tell emotionally. There can be a physical shift when a tough conversation becomes a fight.

Your body might start to get tense, as if it has become aware that there is now a battle and the focus becomes winning rather than understanding.

That’s when it is time to call time out. At that point, nothing productive will come out of the conversation because it’s no longer about the issue at hand. It’s about protecting the ego.

How can we recognize this shift when a difficult conversation becomes a fight and how can we prevent it from happening?

I put this question to my guests on this edition of Quick Hits — Jim Tam of Keystone Partners, performance consultant Dr. Jenna Ross and Amorpha CEO Simon Coles.

We also talked about the best way to respond to someone who no longer wants to talk and is just interested in cutting us down.

Our conversation was not difficult, but it was certainly interesting.

How do you know when a conversation as become a fight?

Connect with the panelists: Jim Tam: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimtam/ Dr. Jenna Ross: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennaross712/ Simon Coles: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sjcoles/ Dr Robyn Odegaard: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robynodegaard/

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