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Clearwater Consulting to Speak on Tough Talks at HR Star Conference

Becky Dannefelser and Laura Stanley of Clearwater Consulting Group will speak on "Tough Talk: How to Disarm Difficult Conversations" at the sold-out HR Star Conference in Atlanta, GA on September 7, 2017.

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4 Ways to Eliminate Difficult Conversations About Performance Reviews

Performance reviews remain one of the most difficult conversations that most leaders dread having with others. So what can one do to have a positive experience during a performance review? What can a person do to take the difficult conversation around performance, money or expectations and change it into a more engaging one where both parties--the manager and the direct report--walk out feeling good about things?

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3 Tips to Problem Solving When Cross-Functional Teams Tackle Tough Issues

We recently worked with a group of 20+ senior executives at a rapidly growing company in the midst of repositioning its services. The laundry list of challenges was endless … and the enthusiasm for tackling them was waning. There appeared to be no forward progress on decisions that required cross-functional discussion and coordination. Assumptions were made about who was leading which initiative. And, even more foundational than that, no agreement as to which initiatives should actually be top priority.

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Building Effective Teams by Confronting Conflict

Here's an interesting statistic to learn:

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5 Positive Behaviors for Handling Conflict within Teams

Every organization faces conflict among team members, breakdowns in communication and behaviors that create more dysfunction than function.  How your leaders handle these challenges becomes the standard which all employees follow. If the team leader is selfish and has a “me first” attitude, then employees will follow suit. If the leader is compassionate and good at listening, then, likewise, the others on his/her team echo that behavior.

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