The 7 Best And Worst Criticisms From A Boss (And Why They Matter So Much)

It’s what you say… and how you say it By way of introduction, I have collaborated periodically in the Forbes Contributor community with Jack Zenger, CEO and my co-founder at Zenger Folkman (see Does Sheryl Sandberg’s Likeability Penalty Really…

Folkman gives us some examples of bad feedback (both negative and poorly delivered).  What say you to his list?

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Why You Need to Take 50 Coffee Meetings

50 coffee meetings. It should stick in your head as a metaphor for networking. For getting outside of your comfort zone. For starting relationships today that won’t pay off for a year. It’s the ent…


As a coach, I’m always working with clients to develop and maintain their relationships both inside and outside their organization.  This article continues to build the case for something we ALL need to do…

Back away from the keyboard, step out of your office and go meet someone!!

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Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture | McKinsey & Company

By encouraging employees to both seek and provide help, rewarding givers, and screening out takers, companies can reap significant and lasting benefits. A McKinsey Quarterly article.


Wharton Prof Adam Grant (author of bestseller Give & Take) highlights the competitive advantage of giving….or collaborating, helping.  In this article Grant tells us that in a Harvard study of the US intellignce system they found “the single strongest predictor of group effectiveness was the amount of help that analysts gave to each other.” And further that “just knowing the amount of help-giving that occurred allowed the Harvard researchers to predict the effectiveness rank of nearly every unit accurately.”

The benefits of giving/helping are many.  Yet corporate cultures don’t always promote this and Grant tells us that reward systems implemented to promote helping can backfire as people have difficulty changing their methods from competition to cooperation.  Enabling a giving culture must be done strategically and in steps.

Good stuff.  I’d love to hear from others on steps they have taken to promote giving and cooperation.

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Executive Education Tiptoes Online

Executive education delivered via web-based platforms is becoming more mainstream. What does this mean for schools?


WSJ is hitting my sweet spots this week…At a CLO breakfast yesterday I participated in a converstion about the future of learning and online ed was a big topic.   I’m a big proponent of cohort experiences and the cross-fertilization that can occur most easily through in-person programs.  

I’d love to hear how others are tackling this inovatively.

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The Science of Serendipity in the Workplace

Firms are thinking up new ways to encourage interactions among employees, going so far as to squeeze workers into smaller spaces and install trivia games on elevators.

I’ve just been talking with colleagues about breaking boundaries across an organization.  This WSJ article gives a number of examples different organizations are employing.  What do you think??

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