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Giving Constructive Feedback: Eight Leadership Essentials

C-Level Strategies

As with praise, giving constructive feedback effectively requires that no critical ingredient be left out: 1. Put the feedback in perspective.

Give Constructive Feedback the Right Way

Your Voice of Encouragement

Many people are hesitant to give constructive feedback to someone else, for a variety of reasons. Or they don't want to cause hurt feelings.

Changing Behavior is Like Constructing a Super-Highway

Building Personal Strength

So I've found it helpful to use a road construction metaphor. Like building a brand new superhighway, the construction takes time.

Four ways to get started on obtaining constructive performance and strategic feedback by calling on junior colleagues

First Friday Book Synopsis

Kaplan in his recently published book, What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential, published by Harvard Business School Press (2011). Here are some invaluable ideas provided by Robert S.

Creating Well Constructed Employee Development Plans

Management 4-1-1

[This post is part of the Performance Management: A Manager's Guide to Managing Talent series. Check out the rest here!] As a manager, putting together an employee development plan, can be a daunting task. Emotions can run the full spectrum – from managers experiencing fear of a good employee leaving as a result of achieving

5 Keys to Effectively Communicating Appreciation in the Workplace

Great Leadership By Dan

Separate affirmation from constructive criticism or instruction. Only 8% of employees feel their top management cares about them personally. •

Beware of Flattery

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Praise” is most commonly defined as: the expression of favorable judgment or sincere appreciation.

When an Under Performer Gets Promoted

C-Level Strategies

RELATED POSTS: Giving Constructive Feedback: Eight Leadership Essentials. Then it came time to take a job in the real world. What do you think?

10 Tactics that Produce Brilliant Solutions

Leadership Freak

Courageous leaders do more than listen to constructive dissent, they encourage it. Encouraging constructive dissent: Don’t answer first. Hot conflict not comfortable collaboration produces brilliance. Tell people you expect hard truths and practical answer. Don’t settle for yes. Share all the information.

Constructing The Ideal Day


The ideal day requires a combination of intellectual and physical labor, capped off by some entertainment, socializing, recreation, or reflection.

Three Leadership Secrets for Building a Great Team

C-Level Strategies

Photo is Construction Begins on Wiesbaden Army Family Housing by US Army Corp of Engineers Europe District. I absolutely love this lesson.

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The Difficult Follower – Is it You?

C-Level Strategies

C-Level Strategies & Awakenings -- January 31, 2011 at 5:25 am [.] As a leader, am I difficult to follow? I love your content.

There's No Such Thing as Constructive Criticism

Harvard Business Review

What that actually means is "Would you mind if I gave you some negative feedback, wrapped in the guise of constructive criticism, whether you want it or not?". If we're feeling threatened or diminished by another person's perceived shortcomings, providing "constructive criticism" becomes secondary to getting our value back.

Successful Mentoring Relationships: Keys to Success

C-Level Strategies

Steve Bell February 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm I have one more key to the relationship. « Connection Agent February 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm [.]

Why MANY smart people are not social?

Rajesh Setty

He or she needs to have the patience to construct the message so that (hopefully) ALL the students will understand it. Have a great week ahead!

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10 Hard Things to Say…5 Ways to Say Them as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

In any relationship, there comes a time where it’s necessary to say things which are difficult to keep the relationship strong and make it better. This is also true in a healthy team environment. Those conversations, as awkward and uncomfortable as they were, always proved to be good for the team and the team member.

Whence leadership?

Managing Leadership

Have you ever noticed that when people talk about leadership, the unspoken but overpowering assumption is that it is a positive and constructive force? Have you ever questioned that presumed relationship? If you have, what sort of reaction did you get? As noted here previously , Peter Drucker once said, “Leadership is all hype.

7 Reasons for the Rise of Mediocrity

Rajesh Setty

We all are familiar with mediocrity. It’s everywhere and growing rapidly. Amplify without Accomplishment. It makes sense that way.

Building The Confidence To Lead With Bricks Instead of Sticks

Terry Starbucker

Getting, keeping, and leveraging your confidence as a leader is one of those tricky things that can make us great, or banish us to mediocrity.

People Quit Their Boss… Not the Company!

Strategy Driven

What can you control? Why are some organizations able to retain their best people while others struggle with above average turnover? Be genuine.


Rapid BI

RapidBI & Mike Morrison 2011 - this article/ page is free to copy and use on the This site is in the process of moving hosts – for a faster user experience – please bear with us Monday 30 Jan 2012 RapidBI is an organizational effectiveness consultancy based in the UK but working internationally.

Get Ahead & Have Fun At The Same Time.

Rich Gee Group

During a coaching session with one of my incredible clients, I constructed a term they needed to produce to ensure success at their task. I called it ENERGETIC ENTHUSIASM. They have a marketplace-imposed deadline — they only have 30 days to get their task complete. So they have to get off their butt and get it done

Leadership Caffeine: Do You See Beauty or Blemishes?

Management Excellence

Leadership Leadership Caffeine Leadership Skills Management Education Performance Professional Growth Talent Management constructive feedback feedback high-performance Motivating Others Positive Praise The Sandwich TechniqueThey look at beautiful pictures or great outcomes and focus on describing the flaws.

5 Communication Tips for Leaders

N2Growth Blog

Do they offer constructive criticism or do they belittle and intimidate? By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

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One Way to Head Off a Conflict: Manage Expectations

The Recovering Engineer

The estimated time we would drive in the construction zone was longer than I wanted to experience. The delay I would face did not change.

3 Attributes that Will Help You be Better Under Pressure

Leading Blog

Subservience to purpose means developing affect tolerance or “the ability to channel intense reactions to recurring setbacks in a way that not only avoids hampering you, but also constructively keeps you and your organization moving forward toward maximum potential.”. So it’s not a matter of gritting your teeth and riding out the crisis.

Doing More With Less

Leading Blog

Provides employees with regular, concrete, and constructive feedback about their work and its value to delivering business strategy. Most companies are asking employees to do more with less. These demands may produce positive results in the short term, but they are not sustainable in the long term.

The Best Leadership Advice I Ever Got

Marshall Goldsmith

Keep trying to make a constructive difference, but do it in a way that is positive for you and the people around you. "My Like many young Ph.D. students, I was deeply impressed with my own intelligence, wisdom and profound insights into the human condition. He was also a man that I sincerely respected. He was also doing a lot to help me.

How Do People Perceive You?

Coaching Tip

He added that “there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself.”. Sources: "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell and The New York Times, September 11, 2011. Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with that. For example, Richard B.

Disorienting leadership

Managing Leadership

He is not a visionary the consequences of whose actions and decisions we are supposed to simply accept on faith to be constructive. Some years ago there was a horrific crash during training maneuvers by a US Air Force precision flying team. There is one leader, and three followers. No peripheral considerations, no stray thinking allowed.

Stop Criticizing Other People

Your Voice of Encouragement

The Downsides It’s one thing to give others constructive feedback about a specific action. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement."

The Ass Carrying the Image

Chris Brady

Posted by: Phyllis Hoff | February 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM Chris, your teaching always impacts me. It is by His grace that we live. Oh my! Thanks!

Give Feedback the Right Way

Your Voice of Encouragement

When youve needed to give someone constructive feedback, did you follow these steps? Read more. Thanks for joining me.

5 Leadership Lessons: The Velocity Manifesto

Leading Blog

By viewing technology construction as an artistic endeavor rather than a mechanical one, we are freed to not only build applications that have a stronger ROI, but also to do a better job of managing IT people. Speed is our friend in almost every case. The thing you want to be these days is a “fast follower.”

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Ten Ways to Engage Your Workforce in 2012

Strategy Driven

Top performers will be more engaged when they receive constructive information about what they do well and what they need to improve. Delegate.

Leadership and The Butterfly Effect

Linked 2 Leadership

The Butterfly Effect. Actions and Responsibility. For some we are responsible… for some we are not. So what?” you might ask. On Past and Present.

Real people

Managing Leadership

Never mind that, as we have seen, there is no such thing as a (non-pathological, or inherently constructive) leadership personality, nor a magical leadership ingredient, or character trait, that will transform you willy-nilly into such an unfortunate creature. But today’s subject is one that belongs firmly in our current topic.

Remembering Sacred Commitments


» Remembering Sacred Commitments January 17th, 2011 | Author: Mary Jo Asmus I sat transfixed as a group of elected leaders – half of whom were newly elected – discussed how they would work with each other and the local government administration. Mary Jo Asmus : January 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm Me too, Susan. Will they stay true?

Getting Leaders to Change

Great Leadership By Dan

I am also passionately focused on identifying in partnership with each coachee those unique development needs that need to be addressed.

Better Coaching

Marshall Goldsmith

Here leaders begin by giving direct reports constructive suggestions for the future. In my work with leaders, I find that one common complaint of direct reports is that their leaders do a poor job of coaching. Yes, executives tend to be poor coaches. I suggest that you use an effective, time-efficient, six-question coaching process. A lot.