Boss's Tip of the Day: Feedback is perishable

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If you're a boss, you know that every day is a challenge to do better. This tip is based on the same research I used to develop my programs and the Working Supervisor's Support Kit .

Feedback is perishable

Feedback goes stale quickly. Give feedback as soon as possible and sensible after an incident. Delayed feedback is often no feedback.

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  • 11/15/2011 12:16 PM david k waltz wrote:

    It reminds me of a story that I believe came from a Tom Peter's book (one of the Excellence's).

    The employee did something great, the manager searched high and low through their desk to award them something, and they got....

    a bananna!

    It became a symbol at the company. But the whole point was as you suggested, the decay on giving feedback begins immediately after the behavior that gave rise to it.

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    1. 11/15/2011 12:39 PM Wally Bock wrote:
      Thanks, David. I hadn't heard that and I agree that it sounds like the kind of story that Peters would share.

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