5 Communication Skills to Avoid Defensiveness

Introduction|Defensive Actions|Defensive Reactions|Non-Defensive Communication|Conclusion

Course Description

We have all seen it happen on teams: A team member criticizes teammate’s work, provoking a defensive reaction and response triggering an equally defensive come-back. So begins a defensiveness chain which puts a stop to effective communication, impacting individual and team effectiveness. This video examines common defensive reactions such as hiding behind rules, creating a diversion, and launching a counterattack. It also depicts inappropriate but typical responses, such shutting down and passive-aggressive behavior. Open communication between and among team leaders and team members is essential, viewers learn to take responsibility for their own communication and responses. This Video On Demand training stresses the importance of communicating in a non-threatening way, and listening objectively to others.

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