Rate Your Zone of Discomfort

Do you have what it takes to successfully manage an uncomfortable conversation? When a person has a breakthrough in thinking, it is preceded by a breakdown in a mental frame or belief. This breakdown could be brief and slightly awkward or a drawn-out emotional reaction. Your own brain has an automatic defense mechanism that will spur you to try to make the person feel better or to withdraw from the conversation. How well you handle yourself in these moments will impact how effective you can be in the conversation.

This assessment will help you assess your ability to hold a Discomfort Zone conversation. You will be given suggestions for improving your likelihood for success based on your results. Taking the quiz itself will increase your awareness of how you react to other people’s tension and emotions. You will be asked to respond to a variety of questions about different uncomfortable situations in performance or coaching conversations.

Please do not skip any questions; You might not react the same way every time you face these situations, so answer what you think is your typical response or close to it. Be honest, not hopeful. Your final score will be calculated based on all the questions even if you skip one so please answer the questions as best you can so your outcome and suggestions are relevant to you.

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1. How well do you listen?
2. You generally feel that expressing emotions at work is…
3. How do you react when someone tears up or cries?
4. How do you react when someone feels embarrassed?
5. How do you react when someone gets angry with you (verbally, not physically)?
6. When someone is resistant to change or doesn’t seem to want to work harder, you…
7. You manage your own stress by…
8. When you disagree with a person’s point of view, you tend to…
9. When starting a difficult conversation, you most want people to…
10. In a difficult conversation, you may not hold people in the highest regard because…
11. Some of the most well-intentioned leaders become impatient and even rude under pressure because…
12. When someone share a problem with you, you listen primarily…
13. When a person is showing confusion, anger, or fear, the best thing you can do is to…
14. How committed are you to learning the skills to have Discomfort Zone conversations?

Press submit to find out your score. A detailed explanation will be sent to you by email.





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