Without feedback, the workplace struggles. Your employees will wonder if they’re doing a great job; some may even have nightmares that you will fire them because they haven’t heard from you.
That’s why having a feedback culture in your workplace is important. By giving regular feedback, you help your people know where they stand, how they can improve, and what to do next.
But how do you create a feedback culture?
It’s not easy. However, I know you can do this. We’ll take a look at 6 ways you can encourage feedback at work.
6 Ways To Develop A Feedback Culture In The Workplace
1. Promote Openness and Honesty:
You cannot have a positive experience with feedback if you’re not honest and open about the situations in the workplace. You have to be willing to speak up when you see not only the bad but the good. Read more...
I recently came across the story of Eric Kilburn Jr. He’s a great young man, by all accounts. Yet, he was in need.
His mother, Rebecca Kilburn, saw that Eric was struggling. Her 14-year-old son needed shoes. Not just any shoes but big shoes. Eric is 6’10” with size 23 feet.
He’s a monster of a young man.
Rebecca sent a call out to local and national media after she couldn’t find shoes that fit Eric. Eric had been wearing shoes that were a size too small. He couldn’t find cleats to play sports. It was frustrating to him and his family.
The media picked up on Eric’s plight. They began running news stories in various news outlets. Today, AOL, MLive, and other news outlets knew this would be a story that had to be told. Read more...
Servant leadership originated with Robert K. Greenleaf. He wrote an essay titled “The Servant as Leader,” in which he laid out his thoughts on leadership.
His thoughts were new for the time. They’re still valid today, in my opinion.
In this article, I want to look at the principles Greenleaf laid out as he promoted the concept of servant leadership. These 3 principles will help you become a better, more servant-minded leader.
The 3 Main Principles Of Servant Leadership
In his essay, Greenleaf mentioned 3 items that stuck out to me. They are that servant leaders listen, have empathy, and their role is more in line with a facilitator or an enabler.
These are the principles we’re going to look at in this article.
Servant Leadership Listening:
Everyone wants to believe they’re great listeners. They think they’re able to sit down, have a person explain what’s going on, and just listen. Read more...
We don’t get into a leadership position because it’s easy. We choose to lead because we know we can make a difference.
Yet, so many times, we slip into creature comfort. We stop doing important tasks because they can be outsourced or someone else can do them better (i.e., I don’t want to do them).
We stop getting dirty…
5 Ways To Get Dirty Leading
In Spartan Up!, a book about the Spartan endurance races founder, author Joe De Sena mentions how his kids were training for a race. When the kids came to a puddle, they froze. The kids had been taught that they needed to stay clean. They couldn’t proceed past this obstacle until they overcame the mistaken idea that life is neat and tidy. Read more...
The things that we say as leaders can either build up our people or tear them down. Sometimes, we think what we’re saying is uplifting when the saying is actually damaging.
Our words matter. They can matter more than our actions. Our words are that powerful.
4 Sayings Leaders Need To Stop Saying
We get caught in a rut of saying specific phrases or words we’re accustomed to. They’ve begun to become part of our lexicology.
But, our words often become outdated, transformed, or harmful. All of these things happen in the leadership world, too.
The sayings we’ve used for years are no longer appropriate. The terms hurt those we lead. We’ve got to do better.
Here are 4 sayings leaders need to stop saying… Read more...