Tag Archives: Top Management

Why Sandwich Approach Undermines Your Feedback

A “sandwich approach” for giving negative feedback to direct reports is a common method in which the negative feedback is sandwiched between two pieces of positive feedback. But this sandwich approach may be undermining both your feedback and your relationship with your direct reports. First, let’s look at why leaders use this approach and why

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Giving Effective Feedback When Short on Time

Virtually all of the young executives want to be good managers and mentors; they just don’t have the time — or so they believe. It’s not easy to help your employees develop as you take advantage of every business opportunity. But you can make coaching easier on yourself, in part, by giving feedback efficiently. Once

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How companies can protect their high performers from burnout

A five-year study in the UK found that the mental health of 20% of the top performing leaders of UK businesses is affected by corporate burnout. It’s easy to blame burnout on the high performers themselves. After all, the stereotype is that these overachievers say yes to more work even when they’re already at capacity.

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When Being a Humble Leader Backfires

There is a paradox when it comes to what we expect in leaders. On one hand, we believe that effective leaders display humility — they bring out the best in others, are open to admitting their shortcomings and mistakes, and give appreciation and credit to their followers. On the other hand, there is no shortage of

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Strategy is what you Do, Not what you Say

You sometimes hear managers complain that their organization has no strategy. This isn’t true! Every organization has a strategy: its strategy is what it does.  Think about it. Every organization competes in a particular place, in a particular way, and with a set of capabilities and management systems — all of which are the result of

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Brainstorming a Waste of Time

To grow and innovate, organizations have to come up with creative ideas. At the employee level, creativity results from a combination of expertise, motivation, and thinking skills. At the team level, it results from the synergies between team members, which allows the group to produce something greater than the sum of its parts. The most

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What is Employee Advocacy and how to use it for your brand

It is no longer just about good adverts, better promotion techniques, and passive communication with your consumers. The buzzword in the market is Consumer Engagement. The “Engagement Economy” signifies a strong change in the way marketers connect with their customers. The emphasis is on providing a customized and true experience that stems from conviction and

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How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution

For decades, we’ve often thought of leadership profiles in unique buckets. Two popular varieties are the ‘visionaries’ – who embrace strategy and think about amazing things to do, and the ‘operators’ – who get the stuff done. According to a global survey conducted by Strategy&, the strategy consulting division of PwC, only 8% of company

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How to Deal with a Boss Who Stresses You Out

Discussions amongst top management, tend to focus on leaderships positive outcomes, such as innovation, employee engagement, or organizational performance. However, for majority of employees, the leaders in their organizations are a source of stress rather than inspiration. Indeed, for every transformational leader and emotionally intelligent manager, there are dozens of toxic bosses, who come in

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