Making Feedback A Positive Experience: 5 Keys To Build Engagement

By Elyse Jarard, Faculty, Chief Mindset Strategist

Feedback has been something I abhor, in any form, unless it is absolutely positive.  I know this is unhealthy, but I also know that I'm not alone. Work experiences in the past have given me much joy, but also much angst in part because feedback was never given well.  

This seems to be one of the hardest things to figure out for managers (including myself), AND it can transform a workplace, relationship, and engagement depending on how good you are at it.

A recent Gallup poll found that only 10.4% of employees who received negative feedback from their manager are engaged and 4 out of 5 of those say they are actively looking for other employment. 

Even in relationships, regardless of whether they are personal or professional, giving feedback can cause tension or create trust, so learning HOW to communicate unmet expectations are important bridge-building skills for anyone, especially leaders. 

It is critical...

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Product Branding vs Employment Branding: Is one more important than the other?

 Mike Sipple, Jr.

Depending on the size of your organization you may spend thousands or even millions of dollars managing the brand of your products and services. Any successful business professional can tell you that identifying your ideal customer is vital to any brand management. Your organization’s unique product offerings and educating your customers about your product, as well as how it will improve their lives are the other key components of product branding.  

When it comes to Employment branding, however, many executives are caught like a deer in the headlights. What many do not understand are two things:

  1.  Your employment brand is just as important as your product brand (as I will get into more detail below), and 
  2. Your employment brand should have just as detailed a strategy as your product brand, however many organizations don’t.  

As a leader of your organization, you probably understand the strategy of your product...

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