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Marissa Brassfield

When Managing High-Performance Workers, Forget Feedback

[contextly_auto_sidebar id="5zluSizkVqosg2TqtjXl2y5G0tDm6qyX"]The very idea of feedback makes most employees cringe, but it's especially injurious to high-performance workers. In a recent post for Inc., leadership expert Marshall Goldsmith recommends an approach that resounded with me: feedforward. Feedback is inherently focused on the past -- what you did,...

Marissa Brassfield

Proactive Management Makes Employee Feedback Dead Simple

Matthew Swyers wrote an excellent piece for Inc. today about why ultimatums don't work in employer-employee relationships, but all I could think about was how proactive management would eliminate the need for an ultimatum in the first place. Proactive management requires that leaders clearly express expectations -- of an employee's...

Marissa Brassfield

Monday Must-Reads: Employee Feedback Methods

Managers and employees alike often dread performance reviews, but when done effectively, they're vital to company growth. Today's must-reads focus on employee feedback methods that make this process valuable for all. * Atlassian, a company I've covered here before, measures staff happiness every day using iPads. [Business Spectator] * Salesforce Rypple is...

Marissa Brassfield

Fostering Internal Competition: Counterintuitive to Productivity?

Many managers think that fostering internal competition incentivizes employees to continually do their best, but for some workers, this practice can actually hamper productivity. Researchers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania studied internal competition with several experiments using's Mechanical Turk platform and came up with...

Marissa Brassfield

5 Must-Reads on Motivation

Good morning! This week's Monday Must-Reads turn the lens inward. * How to stay positive at work when you're surrounded by negative people and negative feedback (and read my spin on it here). [The 99 Percent] * There's nothing like a little reverse psychology for a good kick in the pants: How...

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