Category Archives: Listening

Surviving Friendly Fire: 8 Tips for Dealing with Unfair Criticism

Sooner or later…sooner if you’re in a leadership position…you will get wounded by “friendly fire”— unfair criticism from a boss or colleague. Friendly fire comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it shows up in your annual performance review when … Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Conflict, Criticism, Emotions, Fairness, Feedback, Integrity, Leadership, Listening, Management, Professionalism, Relationships, Trust | Tagged , , , , | 26 Comments

Santa Reveals His 7 Secrets for Building a High Performing Team

Toiling in anonymity for 364 days of the year in the far reaches of the North Pole is the highest performing team known to man. This team labors all year in preparation for the one night when their work is … Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Feedback, Leadership, Listening, Morale, Purpose, Relationships, Santa Claus, Sharing Information, Teamwork, Trust, Values | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

8 Essentials of an Effective Apology

I’m pretty good at apologizing and I think it’s primarily because of two reasons: I’ve been married for over 25 years. I mess up a lot. That means I get a lot of practice apologizing. I’ve logged way more than 10,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Apology, Emotions, Honesty, Leadership, Listening, Repairing Trust, Trust, Trust Boosters | 24 Comments

Five Ways to Rapidly Increase Trust in Your Relationships

“Trust takes a long time to build and just a moment to destroy.” You’ve probably heard that old adage before, haven’t you? Well, it’s not true. Like many aphorisms, there is an element of truth to the saying as it … Continue reading

Posted in Connectedness, Dependability, Listening, Relationships, Trust, Trust Boosters, Vulnerability | 16 Comments

Building Trust in Performance Reviews – Four Ways to “Meet Expectations”

When it comes to building trust through performance evaluations, do you “meet expectations?” The beginning of the year finds many leaders busy preparing and conducting annual performance reviews for their employees. I don’t know of many leaders who are overjoyed … Continue reading

Posted in Coaching, Communication, Feedback, Goal Setting, Leadership, Listening, Management, Performance Management, Trust | 13 Comments