Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dialogue for Win/Win Outcomes Part 3


Ask yourself the following questions:
  • How emotionally safe do I feel (or does the other person feel)?
  • Does mutual respect exist?
  • Do I act from an attitude of equality rather than superiority or inferiority?
  • Can I give and receive honest and accurate data?
  • Can I be authentic as opposed to being political or playing games?
  • Do I feel goodwill rather than resentment?
  • Am I concerned about "us" and not just "me?"
When we have mutuality, we experience others as allies rather than as adversaries.  We respect each other and want to cooperate.  We see that our common interest is bigger than what divides us.  We don't want to play games, manipulate, or control others.  Masks and pretenses are discarded, and we know that we can work together.

Mutuality is not something that we build in a single encounter.  It results from our attitude and behavior on a daily basis.

Until next time...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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