How to Get the Feedback You Need – HBR

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You know you need feedback to learn and grow, yet most people are not good at asking for it.

While receiving feedback can be “a stressful experience,” here are some great ideas about specifically how and why we should request it more often:

How to Get the Feedback You Need – HBR.

Learning and Unlearning – Josh Linkner – Speaker, Author, VC and Entrepreneur

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Josh Linkner, who is one of my favorite authors has done it again. Here’s a great blog post that every leader should read and think about.

What are you ready to unlearn?

Learning and Unlearning – Josh Linkner – Speaker, Author, VC and Entrepreneur.

Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others – HBR

I think the author, Sean Graber, co-founder and CEO of Virtuali really nailed it in this article. What would you add?
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Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others – HBR.

The trait that makes women great leaders

Here’s a thought-provoking article from today’s Fortune Magazine.

I love the idea of scrapping the “hard” and “soft” leadership skills, (often implying that “soft” is less substantial or less powerful), and replacing this with “hot” and “cool” leadership styles.

What do you think?

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The trait that makes women great leaders – Fortune.

Introverts, Extroverts, and the Complexities of Team Dynamics

Front view portrait of four business executives sitting in a lineHow can you get the best from deep, quiet team members during meetings? A look at practices used in some organizations points to an answer.

via Introverts, Extroverts, and the Complexities of Team Dynamics – HBR.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity

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I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from one of my coaching clients, “I keep wanting to talk with her/him (their boss) about this, but she/he keeps canceling our meetings. I haven’t had a one-on-one with her/him in months!” This is an engagement killer.

Direct reports with important concerns, great ideas, and positive news are unable to communicate them in a timely manner, and generally feel put-off and devalued.

Not only does this practice destroy your best people’s engagement, it trains them that they must “catch you on the fly” if they are to get your attention… As the article states, this is a “recipe” for increased interruptions and “putting out fires” on your part.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity – HBR.

Your Coaching Is Only as Good as Your Follow-Up Skills

j0302988I frequently work with leaders to help them learn to apply some of the skills of coaching to their work in developing members of their staff.

When people have experienced how powerful coaching can be, they are usually eager to use some of this with others who work for and with them. Here’s a good (short) article about maximizing these efforts with effective follow-up:

Have you tried these techniques? If so, please share your experience.

Your Coaching Is Only as Good as Your Follow-Up Skills – HBR.

When an Organization is at its Most Vulnerable Point, it is the Most Poised to Rebuild Itself

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When an organization is at its most vulnerable point, it is also most poised to rebuild itself. At these seemingly disastrous moments, the risks and rewards normally associated with innovation are reversed.

Here’s an article from the amazing Jeff Degraff, the “Dean of Innovation” at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In it Jeff makes a powerful point, “Why Courage is More Important than Creativity” and gives a real and highly effective case study example.

via Why Courage Is More Important Than Creativity | Jeff DeGraff | LinkedIn.

Women Directors Change How Boards Work – HBR

Business People Walking by WindowWe know that getting more women on teams can boost performance. The examples are numerous: Citing private internal research of 20,000 client teams, EY’s vice chair Beth Brooke has said that the more diverse teams had higher profitability and great client satisfaction than non-diverse teams. And professors Anita Woolley and Thomas W. Malone have learned that increasing the number of women on a team also increases its collective intelligence.

Yet when it comes to one of the most important “teams” a company has — its board of directors — the United States seems to have hit a ceiling of about 16% women, with little by way of national efforts by government or business to increase that number.

via Women Directors Change How Boards Work – HBR.

Pronouns Matter when Psyching Yourself Up – HBR

Some people seem to have an amazing ability to stay rational no matter what.

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They efficiently make good, clear decisions while the rest of us waste energy doing things like panicking about upcoming tasks, ruminating pointlessly, or refusing to move on from our failures.

If you are not always one of those people, read about this interesting research by Ethan Kross from the University of Michigan and Ozlem Ayduk from UC-Berkeley about a simple change can make the difference between showing up like a cool-headed rationalist or a very worried and stressed out (but typical) human.

Pronouns Matter when Psyching Yourself Up – HBR.

In addition, here’s a link to a podcast of my past radio interview with Dr. Kross, “Can You Teach Yourself to Be Wiser.”