When I was in Canada, staying local for holidays was not a big deal. There are tons of people who stay-cation for their work holidays. But, when my husband, John, and I decided that we would stay in Qatar for this Eid holiday, it gave us a lot to think about.
It was an intense discussion yesterday over a lovely lunch at La Spiga restaurant at the W Hotel in Doha with an interesting group of leaders from different corners of our diverse Qatar community!
We had difficult conversations about difficult conversations! Our brains and emotions were challenged as we considered the possibilities for how a difficult conversation could be different from what we expect, what we have experienced, and what we may assume will materialize.
Here's what some of the participants had to say about their take-away's from today's Authentic Leadership Conversation™ in response to the question "What did you learn from this session/What has changed for you?":
"It's been awhile since I've had to have a difficult conversation, so this session really got me thinking about how to prepare for one in the future. Listening to other people's experiences was also very valuable."
"[I need] better preparation and better awareness of how my values and the differences with others affect these conversations."
"I learned more about my tendency to judge people's psychology or analyze their actions immediately, rather than sitting in the moment."
"I appreciate being able to discuss difficult issues and I think I need to be aware that the process is difficult. Today helped me realise that a bit more."
The express lunch (98QAR) was excellent, and we all appreciated the very attentive wait staff who were exceptional. Thank you for hosting us La Spiga!
Join us on 19 September when we continue with the next 4 conversations of the series! Contact me on the Reach Out tab to register!