28 STASHED IDEAS
Practice paraphrasing instead of responding with nods, a-ha's, and yeah's.
This type of communicating makes your partner feel like they are getting real attention and empathy.
If they are talking about a conflict they had at work say, “So it sounds like you are frustrated because your boss didn’t acknowledge how hard you worked on that project.”
This norm serves a great purpose in that bad ideas can be debated and debunked. However, it also kills a lot of good ideas as well.
FIX: Stop yourself from first pointing out what's wrong in a situation, and make it a habit to jump to what's right instead.
If an idea is simply rotten, say how much you appreciate the thought or effort, and explain why you feel it falls short and how it can be improved. If you kill it, provide an alternative.
It's tempting to try to avoid difficult conversations, but this can cause further problems.
... is imperative for every successful business. Poor communication inevitably causes misunderstandings, confusion and conflicts that hinder productivity and professional relationships.
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