The INSPIRE Method

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As a leader whether you need to give your manager challenging feedback, announce a personnel layoff, or simply discuss a point of contention on a project, having a methodology to prepare for that difficult conversation is key for success. It’s a given; having tough conversations and communicating difficult topics is part of a leader’s job. Just like you plan for other contingencies in business, planning how you will communicate difficult messages can improve the ultimate outcome.


Think through and prepare your approach in advance. David Dye is the President of Let’s Grow Leaders, a human-centered international leadership development and training firm and their INSPIRE acronym for addressing difficult conversations can be the preparation tool that can lead to the resolution that you and your business need.