When engaging in conversations with your partner, boss, or team, utilizing the following discussion framework can significantly contribute to productive discussions, cultivate shared understanding, and foster harmonious relationships:
- Where am I headed? What are my expectations for you?
- Where are you headed? What are your expectations for me?
- Where are we headed? How can we bring about positive change?
Before initiating the conversation, it is beneficial to reflect on your thoughts and emotions. Gain a clear understanding of what you wish to discuss and consider how to communicate your expectations while demonstrating respect and empathy effectively. This self-awareness will greatly assist you in expressing yourself with clarity.
The overlap of these three questions is where friction will come from. What’s at odds with each others’ expectations?
Identify tension points. Plan around them. Push through with open-mindedness and a willingness to find common ground.