What Good Feedback Looks Like

Authors: Craig Chappelow and Cindy McCauley Source: HBR According to a recent Harvard Business Review cover story, it’s rarely useful to give feedback to colleagues. The authors argue that constructive criticism won’t help people excel and that, when you highlight someone’s shortcomings, you actually hinder their learning. They say that managers should encourage employees to worry …

Don’t Let Your Professional Shortcomings Hold You Back

Author: Emily Triplett Lentz Source: Lifehacker The further you get in your career, the harder it is to pinpoint—and then do something about—your personal and professional shortcomings. Why is that? How do you figure out your weak spots and then address them? You’d think leaders especially would be skilled at identifying and removing obstacles. But …

What Happened When She Set the Goal to Network With 30 People in 30 Days

Author: Deanna Debara Source: The Muse I work from home, and I’ve learned the hard way that remote life isn’t exactly ripe with opportunities to network and make connections. And for someone like me—who leans heavily toward the extroverted side of the spectrum and craves human interaction—that can be a real challenge. Don’t get me …

3 Habits to Improve Your Critical Thinking

A few years ago, a CEO assured me that his company was the market leader. “Clients will not leave for competitors,” he added. “It costs too much for them to switch.” Within weeks, the manufacturing giant Procter & Gamble elected not to renew its contract with the firm. The CEO was shocked — but he shouldn’t have been.

How to Address Your Rage Quit Daydreams

Author: Elizabeth Alterman Source: The Muse If you’ve ever struggled with a condescending boss, difficult colleagues, or work that feels like a soul-destroying slog, you might have fantasized about “rage quitting.” Maybe you even scripted the scene in your head—telling off your manager, cursing out that impossible client, or letting your co-worker know exactly how …