Management Tip of the Day: Don't delay that tough conversation

Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:45am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Conversations about sensitive subjects are tough, but if you wait for the perfect time, chances are that time will never come, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"It's often difficult to have conversations about sensitive subjects. Whether you need to tell someone you disagree with her approach or are upset by her behavior, it's all too easy to put it off in hopes of finding the 'perfect time.'

Chances are, that time will never come. You'll be better off if you stop procrastinating and make the conversation happen.

Request a time to meet. Use a non-threatening medium, such as email or voicemail, to ask what time would be best to discuss a sensitive matter. You'll likely still worry before you sit down with the person, but by framing the conversation upfront, you'll have taken some of the charge out of it."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "How to Overcome Communication Fears" by JD Schramm.

<p>A Hays Recruitment Consultancy Section Manager interviews a man at the Hays offices in downtown Madrid December 5, 2008. REUTERS/Susana Vera</p>