Smartblog LogoWhen you try to have meaningful conversations with your employees, the outcome can be hit-or-miss. Let’s say you are interested in what motivates them and how they like to be rewarded. This is important and well intended, but they may not be completely open with you until they have more experience with you.

Another way to say this is that they are not going to share what is close to their hearts unless they know they can trust you.

Yet when you think about what takes to develop the openness to have significant conversations, it can seem overwhelming. Trust doesn’t come instantly. You know you can accelerate building the relationship with more time spent with each other, like one-on-one meetings, but this can feel too contrived and time-consuming.

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Mary C Schaefer
As a coach, trainer and consultant, Mary Schaefer's expertise is in helping managers and employees conquer their dread about difficult conversations, to go into them feeling equipped and confident. Personally and professionally, Mary's mission is to create work cultures where organizations and human beings can both thrive. Mary is a former HR manager, holds a Master's degree in HR and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She is co-author of the book, "The Character-Based Leader." You can follow Mary on Twitter (@MarySchaefer) or join her email list at bit.ly/mary-list
Mary C Schaefer

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Mary C Schaefer
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