Tag Archive: Feedback

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 and attract the ungrateful. Companions of ingratitude: Fear. Entitlement. Envy. Blame. Anger.… Continue reading

20 Ways to Give Negative Feedback

Growth always hurts. But, stagnation is death. Growth requires feedback. Successful leaders are great at giving feedback. Good intentions don’t compensate for poor execution when it comes to negative feedback. Done well, negative… Continue reading

Seven Positive Responses to Negative Feedback

Image source Negative feedback isn’t the issue. You are. How you respond to correction, criticism, and negative feedback tells me who you are. It’s even more telling when it comes from someone of lower… Continue reading

He Forgot How Much He Mattered

Their faces dropped when Doug walked past the cash registers, around the corner, and out of sight. He carried a breakfast sandwich in his right hand. Moments before he’d said to me, “Look… Continue reading

When Candor Means They’re a Jerk

Experience shows candor is rare. Ignoring uncomfortable topics and dancing around difficult issues is expected.  Candor surprises. Leaders who push things under the carpet are nurse maids not leaders. Candor gone wrong: Jerks excuse… Continue reading

When Projects Fail

We had a project fail. Let it sting. Soothing pain is for babies, not big boys and girls. Team members who don’t care about losing are losers. Don’t sooth discomfort by minimizing failure,… Continue reading