LEAD: Tackling Difficult Conversations - In Person

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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An extremely important skill for supervisors to learn is how to confront difficult situations. Difficult conversations, in this context, are topics that you may find challenging to discuss, such as addressing performance or behavior issues of an employee or discussing delicate work-related issues with your manager. People are often reluctant to open a difficult conversation out of fear of potential consequences. This course addresses the underlying issues that make these conversations especially uncomfortable and demanding, how to prepare yourself to have them, and how to confront the other person effectively. Face your fears of conflict and reduce your anxiety about the tough discussions you know you need to have with others. Based upon the best-selling book Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott.


LEAD: Leading at UofSC and Writing Position Descriptions is the prerequisite and should be taken first.

Who Should Attend
LEAD courses are required for University supervisors of faculty and staff, per HR Policy 1.51, and for HR Contacts. Non-Supervisors will automatically be removed from the course.


Nathan Strong is the Director of Organizational Development, Division of Human Resources.

Registration Instructions

Employees should cancel their registration if they are unable to attend. Participants leaving early, during LEAD or any certificate courses, will not receive credit for attending. If there is an emergency, please notify the instructor.


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Attendees are asked to refrain from using, wearing, or bringing scented products and materials to training classes. Personal care products such as cologne, perfume, aftershave lotions, scented lotions, and fragranced hair products may cause headaches, upper respiratory symptoms, shortness of breath, and difficulty with concentration in persons with asthma or allergies.

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