Tag Archive: Feedback

How to Reject Stupid Feedback

The director of the Antwerp Academy of Art called Vincent Van Gogh’s work, “Putrefaction,” and sent him back to the beginning class. Van Gogh, contrary to myth, sold more than one painting in… Continue reading

3 Leadership Lessons from Reality TV

I know reality TV is more about TV than reality, but sometimes I cry when I watch American Idol. It’s a show where undiscovered singers audition in front of celebrities from the music… Continue reading

The Five Freedoms of Gratitude

“Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.” Immanuel Kant Ingratitude is weak, small, ugly, arrogant, and contagious. Unthankful leaders repel healthy followers. Companions of ingratitude: Fear. Entitlement. Envy. Blame. Anger. Freedom: Gratitude is freedom.… Continue reading

17 Things to Never do when Giving Corrective Feedback

The bad things you do erase the good things you’ve done. Yesterday, at the end of a training session, I asked a group to list things you should never do when giving feedback.… Continue reading

The Expectation Trap – On Rats and High Performance

Expectations impact the quality of your team mates and your enjoyment of your leadership experience. Two questions: What do you expect of others? What do you expect of yourself? Expectation of rats: Robert… Continue reading

Dissatisfaction isn’t the Problem – How to Handle Dissatisfaction

If you aren’t currently disappointed with someone or something, you will be soon. Aspiration is dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction is inevitable. Collecting unhappiness is a choice. Make dissatisfaction useful before it suffocates effectiveness. 5 reasons… Continue reading