The key to receiving feedback is…

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about giving feedback (you can read it here). A reader wisely observed, “This is helpful not only for giving, but also for being open to receiving feedback.” Absolutely true, and since I hadn’t thought of that, I was especially grateful she took the time to email me. (I hope it’s no surprise that I …

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Corrective feedback: are you making one of these 3 mistakes?

As a leader, giving feedback to your people is part of your job. And while we all enjoy giving “yay, you!” feedback, it’s safe to say that no one likes having to deliver correction. That said, it’s still part of the job of developing your people and ensuring they deliver top-quality results. Here, then, are three mistakes and myths you …

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Do you like people?

Seriously. Do you like people? Not just your friends. People, in general. Humanity, as a whole. Of course there are specific people you don’t like, people who rub you the wrong way, people whose values, attitudes, or philosophies you don’t agree with. But if you want to be a good leader, someone who inspires and motivates your team, you need …

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What are you doing?

Directly across from my computer is a bulletin board. On the board, right in my line of sight, is a five-inch by eight-inch index card with three short lines on it. The top line reads: When I look up and see it, I’m reminded to check in with myself. Is what I’m doing worthwhile? That doesn’t mean it has to …

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Who will you be?

If you want to grow as a leader – whatever your role may be right now – you’ll have to change. There is no growth without change. There’s simply no way to become different without – duh – becoming different. That sounds like a Captain Obvious statement, for sure. But how many people do you know who struggle in vain …

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You just never know…

None of us have any idea how much impact we have on people. A year and a half ago, a young woman saw my husband and me with our Golden Doodle, Bonnie. It was a crowded sidewalk. She was coming toward us, passed close by, tapped Bonnie on the head and said, “Doodlepop!” We’ve never forgotten that, and often call …

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Why leadership is NOT a virtue

“Leadership is a tool, not a value, and effective leaders can be abhorrent forces in the world. I try to remind myself never to say admiringly that someone is a great leader. Instead I try to be more specific. Not all great leaders are leaders for good.” ~ Ryan Derousseau This is one of my favorite quotes because it makes …

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Whaddaya mean, you didn’t know?

What I’m about to say will seem really obvious. Bear with me, please. As I teach in my change leadership programs, effectively communicating change to those responsible for making it happen is crucial for success. Like I said: obvious. Or it should be. The problem, however, lies in the fact that by the time the change initiative is ready to be rolled …

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Why you should never ask “Why?” (and what to ask instead)

It seems entirely reasonable: someone does something wrong – or at least, not as you’d expect – and you ask, “Why did you do that?” There’s just one problem with this – just one, but it’s a big one: “why” creates an immediate sense of defensiveness and self-protection. “Why did you do that?” Feel it for yourself. It carries a …

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From the Summer of Love to the March For Our Lives

Much to my regret, as a trailing-edge Baby Boomer I was too young for most of the activity in the 1960s. The protests, the love-ins, the sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll … in hindsight, I suspect I might have been lucky to be too young, but at the time, I bitterly resented not being a few years older. This past Saturday, …

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