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Be cool to gain the upper hand

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You manage a rebel. You’ve tried pleading, snarling, growling and screaming. Before you give in or head down the probation-termination route, try more subtle ways to gain control. In a calm voice, preface your remarks by slowly uttering a sentence such as “Let me be blunt,” “This will be the only time I say this” or “You have a decision to make.” Then spell out exactly how the employee’s behavior must improve, without repeating yourself or showing anger. Icy clarity is far more intimidating than “losing it.”

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