Giving Constructive Feedback: Eight Leadership Essentials

C-Level Strategies

This week, Steve Woodruff and I would like to switch gears and evaluate the opposite side of the equation – the art of giving constructive feedback. As with praise, giving constructive feedback effectively requires that no critical ingredient be left out: 1.

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. We've consolidated all the nuggets into a 10 minute video, How to Give Constructive Feedback. People Skills Give Constructive Feedback ProStar Coach Personal Development

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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. But to get that efficient super-highway, you have to persist through the construction phase, which could take months. Copyright 2011.

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. Cultivate junior coaches Write down a realistic assessment of your specific strengths [.].

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

When an Under Performer Gets Promoted

C-Level Strategies

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5 Keys to Effectively Communicating Appreciation in the Workplace

Great Leadership By Dan

Separate affirmation from constructive criticism or instruction. They will only remember the constructive criticism, and may not even hear the positive.

Beware of Flattery

N2Growth Blog

Here’s the thing – In times past it was a bit easier to discern authentic praise from false praise because the methods by which relationships were constructed was different. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

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. Leadership Lessons From Watching Football Reply Lisa Petrilli February 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm Excellent addition, Steve! « Connection Agent February 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm [.]

The Difficult Follower – Is it You?

C-Level Strategies

C-Level Strategies & Awakenings -- January 31, 2011 at 5:25 am [.] Reply Brett Duncan January 31, 2011 at 6:43 am I’ve really had to watch myself lately in terms of being a difficult follower. Reply Craig Juengling January 31, 2011 at 8:08 am Lisa, what a great post!

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.

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Magnetic Leadership: Do You Live It?

C-Level Strategies

These leaders will also work on giving and receiving constructive feedback, both of which are critical skills in leadership. This will be followed by a full-team discussion of personal behaviors that can be improved upon, with a focus on giving high quality, constructive feedback.

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. You discourage feedback when you toss out information you withheld that invalidates what [.]. Decisions Leading Listening Disagreement Leadership

Constructing The Ideal Day


The ideal day requires a combination of intellectual and physical labor, capped off by some entertainment, socializing, recreation, or reflection. A mixure adds to the enjoyment as only having one element would eventually be boring and exhausting.

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. You and I both have met enough smart people who are not social.

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Visionary Leaders and the GPS Ride of Insanity

C-Level Strategies

At one point I hit a construction backup. Yes, I realize I am a slow-adopter when it comes to technology. I took my first GPS-aided road trip this past weekend and the device literally drove me mad.

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. For me personally, that often involves having a hard and challenging conversation with a team member…someone I love being on the team, but know they need correction in an area that is affecting the team.

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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? Whenever you discuss the notion of individual leadership in organizations – especially in your organizations – be sure to address as well the question of what it is, to challenge the demonstrably untenable assumption that it is somehow an inherently constructive force in your midst.

7 Reasons for the Rise of Mediocrity

Rajesh Setty

A few years ago, you needed to have a number of things on your side to criticize – a platform to express your opinion, credibility so that somebody else will listen to your opinion and time to form and construct an opinion. We all are familiar with mediocrity.

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. Ultimately, we'd be better off eliminating concepts like "feedback" and "constructive criticism" from our lexicons altogether.

People Quit Their Boss… Not the Company!

Strategy Driven

Whether you are in an office, factory or on a construction site, the principles presented will improve your retention and enable you to save your organization thousands of dollars due to lost productivity, poor quality and customer service issues.

Building The Confidence To Lead With Bricks Instead of Sticks

Terry Starbucker

I learned this one the hard way on that important project – I should have checked in with my boss more frequently to find out if I was on the same page, and get some constructive critique and comment.

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

One Way to Head Off a Conflict: Manage Expectations

The Recovering Engineer

As is common this time of year, we encountered road construction marked with a sign similar to the one above, and I felt frustrated as I thought about the coming delay. The estimated time we would drive in the construction zone was longer than I wanted to experience.

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. Regardless of your station in life, both what you say, and how you say it matters. It matters to an even greater degree for those in positions of leadership.

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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.”. Justin Menkes says that there are no longer periods of calm seas for leaders in any industry. So it’s not a matter of gritting your teeth and riding out the crisis.


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.

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. Organizations can do more with less simply by not leaving so much untapped performance on the table.”

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 TechniqueIf you’ve ever worked for or around someone who is an expert critic…one of those individuals who can look at a masterpiece and spot a flaw, you know how demoralizing the experience can be.

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. All four aircraft in the group failed to pull up from a steep dive, and piled directly into the desert floor.

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. Because all of the decisions we make are emotional (while we rationalize and justify those decisions analytically), our perceptions of others are based on intangibles that we use to make meaning in our world.

Stop Criticizing Other People

Your Voice of Encouragement

The Downsides It’s one thing to give others constructive feedback about a specific action.

The Ass Carrying the Image

Chris Brady

Working construction I find that most any ass can build up a small building but the call to carry antibiotics or to lead hundreds of thousands to Truth is not given to anybody. Posted by: Phyllis Hoff | February 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM Chris, your teaching always impacts me.

Give Feedback the Right Way

Your Voice of Encouragement

skip to main | skip to sidebar Monday, February 14, 2011 Give Feedback the Right Way Giving feedback to someone who has created a problem for you is an important life skill. When youve needed to give someone constructive feedback, did you follow these steps?

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. As we start a new year, leaders will once again ask themselves how they can engage their people – often asking employees to do more with less.

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. In today’s high-velocity environment, Scott Klososky believes you need to understand how to guide your organization in the implementation and usage of technology—in short, how your organization “does” technology. [As

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Leadership and The Butterfly Effect

Linked 2 Leadership

Every time you do or say something positive, the constructive value of it will be remembered and it will spread and grow to impact on the environments of others. The Butterfly Effect.

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.

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. They learned how to give constructive feedback to each other and agreed that they needed to assure that positive feedback and expressing points of agreement in a debate were needed.

People Skills Are Hard Skills - More Than You Know

Building Personal Strength

It is still common for most managers to refer to people skills as “soft skills,” because they aren’t specifically about the business of the organization. They aren’t about computers, vehicles, machines and other “hard” equipment.