Our Corporate Life
October 1, 2013   •   Volume 4, Issue 20   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Giving Feedback That Makes a Difference
Ask Amanda: Now that Iím the boss do I have to give up Happy Hour?
♦   Practical Tips: Waffling
 
Giving Feedback That Makes a Difference

How often in your career have you received feedback that truly made a difference? Performance reviews and evaluations are fraught with emotion—which makes them one of the least productive arenas for providing feedback. Good managers know that having productive conversations on an ongoing basis ensures that there are no surprises when it comes to review time—and it makes for a happier, more productive workplace. 

Most people automatically associate feedback with negative feedback. Because it is rare, positive feedback on a regular basis can have a much greater impact over the long run. Best of all, positive feedback is much easier to deliver. Try these three tips to make sure your feedback is heard accurately.
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Thought to Ponder

The end is the beginning of something else.

  
Practical Tips: Waffling

It’s difficult for others to maintain confidence in you when you can’t seem to make a decision. It not only is really irritating when team members have to redo work multiple times, it’s just plain inefficient.

If you find yourself second guessing every decision you make, there’s good news. According to Spike W.S. Lee and Norbert Schwarz, psychology researchers at the University of Michigan, washing your hands can help you stop questioning a decision. “Cleansing appears to remove not only physical residues but ‘mental’ residues, such as the concern about whether one made the right choice,” says Lee. Next time you’re unsure, break out the Purell®.

    
 ask Amanda
Question:

I'm a relatively new manager and I was told my sociability was an important reason I was promoted. I've always gone to every Happy Hour and enjoy them. Do I have to stop going now that I'm the boss? M.M., Tenafly, NJ

Amanda Mitchell
Answer:

Chances are good that Happy Hour attendance didn’t figure prominently in the decision to promote you. As the boss, you are no longer one of the gang and your presence changes the dynamic.
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