When the Only News is Bad News

When the Only News is Bad News

How you convey bad news is a true test of your mettle as a leader, and your dependability in a crisis. Don’t shirk your responsibility when adversity inevitably arrives – step up, and show why they gave you the job in the first place.

300 Words, 2 Minutes

Bad News

Bad news is hard to give, and even harder to receive.

When you’re communicating bad news, you might try and soften the blow, to deflect some of the pain you know the receiver will experience. Let’s face it – rarely do these attempts to “ease into” troubling news ever work the way we intended.

Bad news is notoriously given just before an extended break away from work – before a holiday, before summer break, or on a Friday afternoon – again, with the idea that the severity of the news can be managed, its scope hidden or simply buried.

Likewise, conflating the telling of bad news with good (or at least, marginally, better) news, in the hopes it will limit damages, really only fools ourselves.

Receiving bad news is an entirely passive experience – which makes it so much worse, not better. Feeling helpless in the face of bad news adds exponentially to the misery of its reception.

Try to do the following, when you’re the harbinger of ill…

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