Managers: Lighten Up. Go Easy on the Criticism
In their book, All In, co-authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton warn managers against imposing their personal preferences on team members’ assignments. It stifles creativity, decreases confidence and accountability, and kills trust. Their rule of thumb is, “If it’s 70 percent as you would have it done, then leave it alone.”
Thoughts Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: 70 percent? I’d do cartwheels if I got 70 percent!
Wanda B. Goode: As managers, we tend to think our way is the right way – the only way. Of course that’s not always the case. Further, getting nit-picky does have the negative impacts mentioned. We need to find the appropriate balance.
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