7 Principles of A Fierce Conversation

Led by the book of the same name by Susan Scott, “Fierce Conversations” there are books recommending “fierce” or “difficult” conversations. While Ms. Scott offers many excellent communication insights, see graphic, the focus on fierce might be a double edged sword for women. The key “Fierce” idea is “being real” in our work communication. Surely having direct dialogue is an important part of being an effective partner. Perhaps having a credible, trust-based relationship is a pre-requisite? This occurs when people trust that you are on their side and can disagree without being disagreeable. Is “Fierce” blood-on-the-floor, accusatory or menacing? How about describing it as eager, powerful, intense and purposeful? We would love your thoughts!

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