Category Archive: Feedback

7 Powerful Performance Conversation Starters

Have performance conversations so frequently that they feel natural. Repetition builds confidence and culture. Cheer, clap, and pat: If you wait until something goes wrong to give positive feedback, it’s too late. I’m… Continue reading

A Young Leader Receives a Sh*t Sandwich

Incompetent leaders only have performance conversations when someone screws up. Things get worse when inept leaders finally have performance conversations. Michael Lapointe reminded me that incompetent leaders suck at performance conversations. (Michael left a… Continue reading

How to Make Negative Feedback a Positive Thing

Someone said something to you that transformed the way you saw yourself. It felt like a punch in the gut. It challenged assumptions you held about yourself. It confronted disappointing performance you hadn’t… Continue reading

4 Essentials to Growing into Great Leadership

The leader you are today can only take you places you’ve been. Becoming the leader you hope to become requires growth. Growth requires change. 4 essentials to growing into great leadership: Books you… Continue reading

A Two Step Conversation that Helps Your Boss Help You Get Ahead

  Step one: Ask your boss to talk about her aspirations for your department or team. Provide focus. Don’t extend the conversation into the distant future. You might say, “I’m thinking about the… Continue reading

7 Ways Leaders Seize the Opportunity of Second Failure

You hoped they would do better but they failed again. Why? Second chances – by themselves – prolong failure. People will fail tomorrow in the same way they failed today, unless they change.… Continue reading