Say It Skillfully® – Mass Layoffs, Talking to a Non-Talker & More

Say It Skillfully®

Jan 24 2023 • 50 mins

Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you to benefit from Molly Tschang’s expert guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. In Episode 165 features callers from around the world unpacking their challenging conversations with Molly. Her first caller Predrag, whose background is computer science, shares his feelings with the recent deluge of tech layoffs. He recalls that looming feeling of “will it be me?” He describes people performing well for 10 and 15 years, then—boom—out of nowhere, the role is no longer needed. Predrag and Molly talk about this from every perspective, in hopes of creating more compassion and understanding, and empowering people (including his two sons) to think entrepreneurially and better influence their destinies.

Then Rajendra raises a tough dynamic with a non-talkative colleague, with whom he really does need to talk in order to work together. He and Molly unpack this with her “Me—You—We” framework to help him consider what it’s like for this quiet mind. They talk about “vulnerability being a must for trust” and how Rajendra might extend the olive branch first to help his colleague be more open (17:30).

Lastly, just starting in her career (and debt-free out of college thanks to working all through school!), Michaela shares how she’s cranking on all cylinders and loves working in HR for a mechanical contractor. She opens up about a big life transition; she and her boyfriend are moving out of their parents’ homes and into their own place! And she’s keen to be proactive and make the transition positive all the way around. Michaela talks with Molly about how they communicate and the nice complement of their somewhat opposite styles. And while they’re career-oriented, focus on life outside of work has them quite balanced. Lots to learn and appreciate from #GenZ, including a quote that’s helping Michaela embrace change: Change is scary, but so is staying the same (31:00). Tune in for thought-provoking conversations—learn how to navigate work while being invaluable and true to yourself.

Molly adds another thought for the week: Continuous improvement beats delayed perfection.
Please, be part of the solution and kindly share this. Let’s start the Say It Skillfully conversation for all—and amp up your own skillfulness with Molly’s free Mini Course here!