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#537: How To Have Difficult Conversations With Your Team

January 24, 2023

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The transparent conversation I had with my team after 3 team members quit back-to-back

This past year, in a very short period of time, I lost three people on my marketing team

Now, I’ve been a business owner for a while now – and this isn’t the first time that I’ve had employees quit

And even though I know that this is simply a part of the game, this particular experience really tested me as an entrepreneur

Because I lost so many people back-to-back, all of my biggest fears all came to the surface. I was deeply afraid that the rest of my team would lose morale and their faith in my business… and as a result, completely unravel. 

My negative thoughts took me to a really dark place. But after allowing myself the time and space ‘go there’ — and then talking to my coach and journaling about it – I realized something incredibly important:

This challenge was an opportunity for me to step up as a leader. 

I needed to be completely transparent and give them an understanding as to why this happened. I also had to realize that it’s their personal decision to leave my company. And guess what? It’s 100% ok if they do.

It was an eye-opening experience, to say the least. But I’m so glad that it happened, because I know that it will only make me a better leader in the long run.

In this incredibly vulnerable episode, I let you in on everything that happened, the difficult conversation I had with my team, and how my business is even stronger as a result of this experience.

Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [01:53] 2022 was a year of growth for me as a leader.
  • [03:49] One of the challenges I faced was losing three people in my marketing team in a short period of time.
  • [05:27] My number one fear was that the team was going to unravel. I got nervous about morale.
  • [07:08] I journaled about my fears and allowed myself to feel all of the feelings. Then it was time to shift the mindset.
  • [08:37] At our retreat, I addressed the situation and reminded everyone that they can see this as a challenge or an opportunity.
  • [11:00] As a leader, I had to let go of what they might be thinking. I'm not responsible for their emotions and thoughts, they are.
  • [13:44] When challenges happen with your team, check in with yourself. Remember that you can't control everyone else's thoughts and feelings.
  • [14:52] Change is inevitable and challenges will always happen. You can see them as a setback or an opportunity.

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