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I had coaching ideas, ways I could help him get faster. But I held back my feedback. That’s what he needed in that moment.
Fear doesn’t bring out the best in people. It mutes their performance as they take fewer risks and make overly conservative, safe choices.
How often have you put your heart and soul into something—a sales pitch, a presentation, a letter, or a conversation—only to find that it misses the mark?
No matter your age, your role, your position, your title, your profession, or your status, to get your most important work done, you have to have hard conversations.
“What were you thinking making those trades?” He asked her. Everything after that went downhill. With that first question, it would be hard for it to have gone any other way.
I’d known Jeff (not his real name) for many years, as a client and as a friend, but I’d never seen him so thrown. I could feel his fear and his sense of uncertainty.
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Peter Bregman is the author of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want and 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done.