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Blog spotlight: Create positive energy when speaking with your manager

Nurse Leader Insider, June 15, 2009

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We have all been in the situation where we are talking with a manager or supervisor about something and what we hear are all the reasons our idea won't work.

We may hear:

  • "Oh, we tried that here a couple of years ago and that's just not going to happen here."
  • "Oh, yes, I think that' a great idea, but that's just not going to work here."
  • "Do you remember so-and-so? He tried that here and he doesn't work here anymore."

When we walk away from the conversation, we feel defeated. We feel shot down. We need to think about how we can respond to the negative energy.

How do you flip negative energy to positive energy? In that conversation, when your manager or supervisor is telling you why something won't work, it's important to ask questions.

Your response could be: "I didn't know we had tried this here before. Can you tell me more about how it was done and, in your opinion, why it didn't work?"

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