Why Leaders Avoid Giving Feedback

Imagine this: it’s time for your quarterly performance review. You’ve carved precious time out of your calendar to meet with your manager, gathered any questions you might have, and downed a gallon of coffee the day of. But after weeks of anticipation and mental preparation, all you’re told is:

“You’re doing a great job—keep it up!”

You’d hoped for actionable feedback, not a well-intended compliment. What gives?

Insights from RHR’s CEO Forum on Leading in Today’s Climate: Tensions to Balance

RHR has been leading small-group CEO forums since the beginning of the pandemic. Our participants are primarily CEOs from Fortune 500 companies across a broad range of industries. We have learned much from our clients about how to lead during this turbulent time and have been impressed by the agility of our clients and their teams as most turned around their business performances. But even more so, we have been struck by their thoughtfulness in the face of such adversity. They aspire to have an impact not only on their businesses but also on those powerful forces shaping us all.

Advice for Joe: Presidential Behaviors for the Climate Crisis

The world watched on January 20 as President Joe Biden took office to see what signals he would send about the trajectory of his presidency. For those hoping he would take immediate and effective action on climate change, we were not disappointed. On day one, he rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement, revoked a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, and signed a series of executive orders to embed renewable energy goals and other climate initiatives throughout his administration.

Successfully Integrating as a New Leader during COVID-19

It’s your first day of work as a newly appointed executive, and the anticipation is running high. As more and more people join the Zoom call on your screen, you smile and introduce yourself. Everything seems to be running smoothly, but you can’t help but ask yourself: “How can I ensure I put my best foot forward? How will I gain the respect of my new peers in this virtual environment?

Delivering Development in a Virtual World

COVID-19 has forced businesses to pause and ask what their customers need in this new environment and how to best deliver. New strategies beg for a different kind of talent and a redefining of roles and thus the need to breathe fresh air into the talent development frame and conversation. Leaders now need to make good on the promise of developing people for career and life success versus success in the siloed role they were hired for.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind?


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