Ten Commandments for Difficult Conversations

Ten Commandments for Difficult Conversations

Ten Commandments for Difficult Conversations
Michael Zigarelli

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I. Pray for Inner Peace

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” -(Philippians 4:6)

II. Don’t Assume Their Motivation

“The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out” -(Proverbs 20:5)

III. Deal with the Problem Quickly

“Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” -(Ephesians 4:26)

IV. Deal with the Problem Privately

“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you” -(Matthew 18:15)

V. Listen Before Answering

“Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry” -(James 1:19)

VI. Tame Your Tongue

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” -(Proverbs 12:18)

VII. Ignore Petty Insults

“A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult” -(Proverbs 12:16)

VIII. Seek a Win-Win Solution

“Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” -(Philippians 2:4)

IX. Try Forgiveness

“Forgive, and you will be forgiven” -(Luke 6:37)

X. Repay Evil with Good

“Bless those who persecute you…overcome evil with good” -(Romans 12:14, 21)

via Christianity 9 to 5 – Practical resources for living your faith at work.

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