Why Feedback is Important

Research has shown that the ability to regularly seek feedback is one of the most significant indicators of success.  Constructive feedback helps by providing direction, can inspire and motivate and overall increase performance–whether at work or in life.   However, seeking feedback can be uncomfortable.  And unsolicited feedback, especially when negative, can feel like an attack. …

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Autonomy

I recently watched a Ted Talk by author Daniel Pink in which he discussed intrinsic motivation. During the talk, Pink identified several factors that nurture or diminish intrinsic motivation. However the one that stood out the most was “autonomy.” According to Pink, “to be fully motivated, you must be able to control what you do, …

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Admit mistakes before someone exaggerates the story.

I’ve learned a ton about leadership by making mistakes.  One in particular was around twenty years ago.  I was very early into my career as a school administrator and the district was working to pass a high stakes referendum.  As a member of the administrative team, one of the volunteer/community service roles I had was …

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