Comms Lab: Episode 40
Graded Assertiveness: What’s the Best Approach?
Sometimes, to get something done, or to get someone to stop doing something, you need to use Graded Assertiveness.
A lot of people have heard of Graded Assertiveness, but I’ve found that surprisingly few have a reliable, structured approach to delivering it. In this video, I compare two models (PACE vs CUSS) and give my thoughts on what works best in the real world.
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P – PROBE
A – ALERT
C – CHALLENGE
E – EMERGENCY
C – CONCERN
U – UNCERTAIN also unusual, uncertain, uncomfortable
S – SAFETY
S – STOP
0:00 – Graded Assertiveness: 2 Models
0:27 – PACE
1:31 – CUSS
2:27 – Summary and My Thoughts
- Richards H. Mastering The Phone Referral: Comparing Structured Approaches. 2022
- Richards H. Mastering the Phone Referral: 5 Things You Must Understand BEFORE You Call. 2022
- Richards H. Dealing With Referral Pushback: 5 Simple Strategies. 2022
- Richards H. Graded Assertiveness: What’s the Best Approach? 2022
- Sutcliffe KM, Lewton E, Rosenthal MM. Communication failures: an insidious contributor to medical mishaps. Acad Med. 2004 Feb;79(2):186-94
- Freud A. Graded assertiveness in challenging a team member. 2018
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Hayden is an emergency physician at University Hospital Geelong and a senior lecturer at Deakin University, Geelong. He is somewhat obsessed with the science and art of effective communication, and in particular: difficult conversations. He believes that we can all get better at having difficult conversations, and that the process of learning to do so can be seriously fun.
Hayden is also an avid but terrible surfer, ad hoc gardener, and dad to two awesome kids.