I have had some crucial conversations as of late. A leadership cohort I am a part of has luckily prepared me by having read and discussed some important chapters of a book with the same title. I am no expert, but I am less afraid to open up those lines of communication. To say what needs to be said when your “heart” is in the right place has the best chance of hitting the mark.
Crucial conversations are not about judgment or being right. They are however about authentic interchanges to be able to move forward. My conversation tonight was with someone I love deeply. There were uncomfortable moments. Even with those, I pressed on and said my truth. He expressed some annoyance but listened. My heart was in the right place. No nagging will ensue. I now wait and hope and pray. When someone you love is suffering and they are the only ones who can make changes, all I can do is have loving crucial conversations.