Tag: feedback

Stuck in the Middle With You

stuck in the middle with you

The other day I got the kind of feedback that kicks you in the gut and makes your brain hurt for days. I’m sure you know the kind, it stings with truth, but you’ve got a gazillion counter points you would never say out loud, for fear of appearing to not be listening. It’s from an amazing leader who worked on my team for several years, and is a regular reader of LGL. This is a long one, so for

Interviewing? 4 Ways to Set Yourself Apart thumbnail

It takes more than qualifications to get the job. Don’t count on your track record. In a close race, best prepared wins. Two candidates were interviewing for a District Sales Manager position. Both had great backgrounds and qualifications. Both nailed the Behavior Based Interview, and we moved on to talk about their planned approach. Joe (not his real name) came with his generic 90 day strategy. It was as if

Frontline Festival-April 2013: Feedback and Coaching Edition thumbnail

This month’s Frontline Festival is all about Feedback and Coaching. I am delighted by the outpouring of submissions. It’s an amazing line-up.

Courageous Feedback

Lolly Daskal, encourages us to take some risks in giving feedback in her post, We Need a Courageous Conversation “In most organizations, and in our relationships, we’re all so busy being polite with everyone that we’re either

5 Indications the Feedback is Not About You thumbnail

Have you ever received frustrating feedback? Have you ever wanted to shout, “are you freaking serious?” “Have you looked at the impact YOU are making?” “I don’t want to roll like you.” How do you know if the feedback is frustrating because it’s wrong or because it’s exposing a sensitive blind spot. What if it comes from your boss? It’s VERY

How to Transform Mid-Team

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The best time to transform to a radically new leadership style is when you start fresh with a new team. But that’s not always practical or feasible. You’ve been reading blogs, books, and maybe attended a course or got some 360 feedback, but your team doesn’t know all of that. If you transform your style now, what will they think? If you suddenly start asking questions instead of tellingrecognizing

The Input Paradox

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When you take your leadership seriously, you are on a constant search for input. “How am I doing?” “What do you think” “How did that go?” “Am I on your short list?” Before I go any further, let me stop and warn you. This is one of those “do what I say not as a I do” posts. I don’t have this handled. Maybe you wrestle with this too. Perhaps we can work on it together. The Trouble With

3 Easy and Practical Team Building Activities thumbnail

It’s been a rather heavy week on Let’s Grow Leaders, talking about Courage, Fear, Transparency, and Chaos. So I am going to end the week on a lighter note. I had my team in town this week, working on business strategy and plans. We also made time the day before for a few practical and easy team building activities. These activities are not original, but they worked quite well, with little prep, and

Time to Grow: What’s Next for Let’s Grow Leaders thumbnail

When I began writing Let’s Grow Leaders this Summer, I had no idea of the remarkable adventure that had begun. It has been a journey of introspection, challenge, connection, friendships, support and collaboration. I am deeply grateful for the growing international community of followers and subscribers who share their insights and add to the conversation. I am delighted by the growing network of thought

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