How can you deliver negative feedback in a positive way (Changeboard)

By Dr. Wanda Wallace


Last month, I wrote about the importance of giving feedback and why, knowing how important it is, so many managers fail to give feedback effectively. This month I want to give you some practical tips on how to prepare to give negative feedback that is essential for your employees’ career development.


Giving effective feedback starts with preparation. You need to prepare like you would for any important meeting. Prepare your opening, thinking about how you can put the employee at ease and keeping in mind the employee’s motivation. Craft a clear message – focusing on the behaviors, the actions you want to see change. Choose one thing, not five to discuss.

You’ve developed a clear theme. Now, break the message into concrete, specific behaviors. Read More

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