June 6, 2017 - REGISTER

October 26, 2017 - REGISTER

8 a.m. – noon

$395 - Includes tuition, course materials, parking and breakfast.

University of California, San Diego
Rady School of Management
Center for Executive Development

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This class fulfills a requirement for the Mindful Executive Certificate Program

About the Program

Many business situations challenge even the most experienced and skillful communicator. Whether you are facing a difficult conversation with a stakeholder, colleague or employee, how you handle these conversations can determine your success or failure. Take the skills learned in this course and start applying them immediately for the confidence and camaraderie that gets you the results you need to succeed.


Difficult Conversations will teach you how to effectively communicate to achieve desired goals. Your difficult conversations could include when and how to give negative or positive feedback to employees, managing discipline issues, negotiating win-win communications, improving daily coworker interactions, and more. Regardless of your situation, the tools learned in this course will make an immediate impact in your conversations surrounding any difficult situation.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Build trust and maintain rapport
  • Effectively listen and get credit for listening from others
  • Give actionable feedback
  • Engage others in a constructive dialogue involving difficult issues and highly emotional content


This course is appropriate for any executive or leader who conducts difficult conversations with co-workers, employees, bosses, clients or others.


Dr. Ernie Mendes is a professional development trainer, organizational consultant, executive coach and keynote speaker. He has been providing training & development since 1988 working with Managers, Scientists, Researchers, Law Enforcement, Educators, Engineers, Sales & Marketing Professionals, Corporate Trainers, Corporate Officers, Business Owners, and others. Dr. Mendes' diverse professional background includes a combined 23 years as a secondary and post-secondary educator and 11 years as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice.

Dr. Mendes holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. He was one of the first to do a doctoral study on Emotional Intelligence (EI). He studied The Relationship Between E.I. and Occupational Burnout. His book Empty the Cup Before You Fill It Up provides practical activities to build effective relationships at work and in a classroom setting using EI theory and neuroscience. His recent book Engage 4 Learning uses four main brain systems to engage K-Adult learners in the classroom and in training settings. For more information visit

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