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Feedback, as Marshall Goldsmith taught me, is a gift. And as such we need to thank people when they deliver it to us.

It is not enough to say thank you. You also need to learn to accept it — and act up on it.

When the feedback is coming from a trusted source — even if we don’t like that individual — it should be considered, and changes made.[…] Continue Reading »

It takes a strong person to speak truth to power. And so leaders need to surround themselves with strong people, unafraid to tell the boss – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Leaders need to make it safe for those who give feedback. They should invite push-back, to welcome people who disagree, and, in fact, to reward them for doing so.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How well do you recognize when something will “trigger” you in a negative way?

  • Extremely well — I know my triggers and mitigate them before they happen: 11.37%
  • Very well — I recognize when I’m being triggered and act accordingly: 47.56%
  • Well — I can recover quickly when I’m triggered: 25.99%
  • Not well — I have trouble reacting well when I’m triggered: 14.15%
  • Poorly — I’m not aware I’ve been triggered until after the damage is done: .93%

Mindfulness matters.[…] Continue Reading »

“We can meet or we can work. We can’t do both.” ~ Dan Altobello, business leader

It is estimated that senior executives spend 50% to 75% of their time in meetings with each other. In my work, I hear good people say, “I see our top managers maybe two or three times a year, in the lobby of our building.”

This is why 70% of our people do not feel fully engaged, why morale is generally low.[…] Continue Reading »

None of us succeed without some kind of setback.

Too often, we don’t acknowledge our ability to deal with the negatives. As a result, we may stay negative, or too self-critical, and, as a result, not recognize the inner resolve that fuels us.

Defeat may always lurk around the corner, but it’s how we deal with it that defines us as the individuals we are, and can become.[…] Continue Reading »