Zenger Folkman Leadership Podcast Get answers to today’s toughest leadership and development problems from thought leaders Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman!

We are often asked, “What is the one thing a person ought to do to be a better leader and have a more successful career?”

While it is difficult to narrow down the list to just one thing, there is one that seems to surface over and over again in our research. That one thing is having the ability to ask for and respond to feedback from others. When we look at 360 survey data we can see an absolute correlation between the ability to ask for feedback and the overall effectiveness of leaders.

In a new study we have been conducting, we have also discovered that employees want feedback. Positive feedback is welcome—but they also want the negative or corrective feedback most leaders are hesitant to give. Employees want it, Leaders hate to give it.

In this episode, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman explore this fascinating topic. They’ll share new research about both asking for and giving feedback, and you will learn how to get better at doing both!

Unequivocally, the ability to GIVE feedback and the ability to RECEIVE feedback are essential to being an effective leader today.

Complimentary Feedback Assessment: Participate in our Feedback Practices & Perceptions Assessment at no cost. This self-assessment will measure your desire for giving and receiving positive and negative feedback. It also measures your overall feelings of self-confidence, since that trait correlates strongly with the desire to give and receive feedback.

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.



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Jack Zenger interviews Michelle McQuaid, a renowned speaker and thought leader in the strengths-based movement. 

Michelle has presented to and taught at hundreds of events, seminars, and workshops - including at Happiness & Its Causes, IBM, The Wharton Business School, and more. Her work and experience has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Boss Magazine, The Age, Women's Agenda, Wellbeing Magazine and more. 

Michelle is the author of several books, including “Your Strengths Blueprint: How to be Engaged, Energized and Happy at Work.” She holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Applied Positive Psychology and is currently completing a PhD.

In this episode, she shares her latest research in the field of training and development as well as personal stories from her career.

Jack and Michelle will also discuss topics such as:
  • What is a strength?
  • Are people accurate judges of their own strengths?
  • How do you help people develop their strengths?

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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Business is moving increasingly faster and to keep up, leaders at all levels need to know how to pick up the pace. Easy to say.... But is there truly a correlation between speed and leadership effectiveness?

In a word, yes!

We don’t need to do everything faster, but for many activities speed can significantly improve effectiveness and the motivation of individuals. It’s interesting how often our pace affects our attitude. Let’s face it – slow is often boring. Think about people you have worked with who had a tendency to move quickly and keep things going at a fast clip, versus those who were more ponderous as they ensured everything was completed and finished. Yes, too much speed can leave participants feeling rushed and frazzled. But if your company’s energy is lagging, maybe it’s time to consider upping the pace.

Join us to learn the eight skills possessed by leaders who are perceived as “fast” and “highly effective.”

Complimentary Pace Assessment: This self-assessment will measure the pace at which you prefer to work, and the results will compare your speed to others. The assessment will measure situations such as: 

• Are you more concerned about making mistakes or moving too slowly? 
• Do you tend to make decisions quickly or consider multiple alternatives? 
• Do you assume when starting a project that it will finish on time or be late?

We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.


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