“How to Have Hard Conversations, Lean Into Conflict & Reframe Criticism” with Lynne Hurdle

As a leader, how do you commit to having hard, uncomfortable conversations that deepen connection and trust within your company and your home? If you want an environment that is safe for communication, creativity and problem-solving along with the giving and receiving constructive feedback, whether at work or with your family, then this episode is for you.

In this episode I get cozy with Lynne Maureen Hurdle.

Lynne Hurdle is an executive coach, communication expert and conflict resolution strategist. She’s also a facilitator, speaker, and author with over 35 years of experience in blending the connection between communication, conflict and culture into a unique style of engagement for leaders.

She’s the author of the best seller book, Closing Conflict for Leaders: How to Be a Bold Leader and Develop a Kick-Ass, High-Functioning, Happy AF Team.

She teaches leaders the skills to engage skillfully, confidently, and powerfully in everything from daily conversations to the most difficult conflict situations.

She passionately writes about Breaking Culture: Conflict and Cultural Breakthroughs for Psychology Today. She has delivered her unique trainings, workshops and deep coaching to leaders from Harlem to Hong Kong and from the South Bronx to South Africa.

Tune in and listen below:

What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)

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Resources + links mentioned:

Lynne Hurdle

Closing Conflict For Leaders: How to be A Bold Leader and Develop A Kick-Ass, High-Functioning, Happy AF Team by Lynne Hurdle

Connect with Lynne on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn!

Psychology Today – Lynne Hurdle


Key Quotes:

“When we are not able to check ourselves, and when we’re not able to put systems in place so that we’re catching ourselves and we’re using bias in the negative, then we tend to do things like stereotype people.” [16:56]

“A stranger or your enemy is just someone whose story you don’t know yet, because we all have stories.” [19:10]

“It’s interesting how connected we are in terms of mechanisms, but how disconnected we are in terms of our relationships, and really getting to know one another.” [25:18]

“After any conflict, I want you to pause and give yourself time to breathe.” [39:39]

“Good conflict resolution and good conflict engagement is all about communication.” [42:31]

“It’s important to get feedback both from yourself and from other people, because we never see ourselves the way that we really are.” [55:00]


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