You’re having a conversation or a meeting which doesn’t quite sit right with you. Suddenly you feel the urge to become defensive or passive aggressive. So, what triggers these responses? and how can you avoid these communication pitfalls and improve your communication skills? If you’ve ever felt the need to become passive aggressive or defensive, […]
What comes to your mind when you think of assertiveness? Becoming assertive is very different to being angry, rude or controlling which are all fear-based closed responses. Instead, becoming assertive exists on a finely balanced continuum between communicating your needs, boundaries, negotiables and non-negotiables, whilst also communicating your listening skills, empathy and understanding for others. […]
I think it’s fair to say that we’ve all experienced toxic and unhealthy professional or personal relationships. These are often the relationships which take instead of give back, instil a sense of doubt and low self confidence within you and leave you feeling unfulfilled and emotionally and even physically drained.
Work relationships can be one of the most difficult dynamics we will ever need to navigate. As opposed to our personal relationships, we often do not have the luxury of picking and choosing whom we work with, who is in a team or who a company employs.