Most managers and leaders dread challenging, difficult workplace conversations and many don’t have them at all. If we want to make a difference, we need to find the courage to have these conversations.


“Courage is not living without fear. Courage is being scared to death and
doing the right thing anyway.” – Argo Movie



Today I want to

  •  see challenging conversations as a normal part of my life, as an opportunity for change and growth,
  • remind myself what I could do if I had the conversations I dread,
  • find the courage to
    • take a stand against foul games at work and mutual blaming and shaming,
    • set boundaries,
    • say “no” more often,
    • say “yes” more often,
    • be emotionally honest,
    • show my vulnerability.



  1. If you were more courageous today, which conversation would you have?
  2. Who could support you?
  3. What would be a first step you could take today, a small habit you could establish?
  4. Could you even find the courage today and try something you’ve never tried before?
  5. How could you create a ripple effect through your attitude and actions, a safe “bubble” for yourself and your team?
  6. Look at the image, how could it inspire and encourage you?


Please share your thoughts and ideas.


Project “Art Meets Business”

60 quotes illustrated by professional artists, aiming to bridge the gap between the world of business and art.

The project was initiated together with Christiane Wegner-Klafszky, founder and managing director of „School of Arts & Ceramics“ (Kunstschule Kunst und Keramik) in Weinstadt, Germany.

If you would like to find out more about the project and already published quotes, visit the page Inspiration or click here to meet all artists.

Please respect the rights/intellectual property of the artist. If you are interested in using the illustration for your team / business, please contact Chris (


© Image: Verena Wolfert via “Forum Art”, School of Arts & Ceramics
(Kunstschule Kunst und Keramik) in Weinstadt, Germany.

© Text: Jutta Nedden, Lead & Connect, 10/2017


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