What’s the best way to keep morale high?

Sebastian Hooker (User Experience (UX) Designer at pc/nametag)
Celebrating Small Successes — Medium

Send out a weekly or bi-weekly email to your team. Keep it short and to the point. Highlight the company’s most recent accomplishments. Thank individual members. If there have been setbacks, list them here. Finally, explain what is next.

What’s the best way to give feedback?

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Getting performance reviews right starts with clarity about the goals | A Founder’s Notebook

With the reviews I’m about to do now, I have different goals: 1) Listen. Ask broader questions than you get to ask in the course of a normal days work. 2) Congratulate. Step back, view the big picture, and congratulate someone for what they’ve achieved. 3) Focus. Once someone has chosen which company to work for, only one thing determines their success. In a review discussion, can you find ways to increase that?

What’s the best way to give feedback?

David Jackson (Founder, Seeking Alpha)
Getting performance reviews right starts with clarity about the goals | A Founder’s Notebook

Mess ups like that clarified for me what I should NOT try to achieve with a performance review: Not for setting goals goal setting and tracking is too important to be left to a periodic review. Not for reporting on progress people should have clear metrics which they track themselves, so their achievements should be obvious without a review. Not for warning about underperformance if someone is underperforming, you should tell them immediately and… (read more)

What’s the best way to give feedback?

Joanne Lipman (Chief Content Officer of Gannett)
Women at Work: A Guide for Men – WSJ

[5 Tips for Men Who Manage Women] 1. Don’t restrain yourself when giving feedback. 2. Actively include them in meetings. 3. Consider them for promotions even if they don’t ask. 4. Cut the cute talk — don’t talk condescendingly to women. 5. Understand that having kids doesn’t mean the end of ambition.

What’s the best way to give feedback?

Eli Hoffmann (CEO at Seeking Alpha)
Eli Hoffmann (@EliHoffmann) | Twitter

[I say] Hey. You aren’t hitting your targets. I’m not sure what’s going wrong, but I need you to hit them. What I need from you is a game plan. What’s going to change that will get us back on track? You probably need some time to think about this. When should we meet again to review your game plan? Also, it’s important for you to know that I want you to succeed. If there’s anything I can do to make you more successful, let’s discuss that and I’ll… (read more)

What’s the best way to give feedback?

Seth Godin (Founder at Yoyodyne Entertainment)
Seth’s Blog: “When I want your opinion…”

As you get better at your job, people will ask for feedback. The most powerful feedback is based on data and experience. “Actually, no, we shouldn’t put the Crockpots on sale, because every time we run a promo our Crockpot sales have been dwindling, and anyway, the big online store still sells them for less than we do.” These are facts, things we can look up and argue about whether they matter. It’s also interesting to get feedback based on test… (read more)

What’s the best way to give feedback?

Seth Sternberg (CEO and Co-Founder at Meebo)
Seth’s Blog | Random thoughts about whatever

Set up a weekly meeting with you, the PM, the lead engineer and the lead designer. Don’t make these too frequent – twice a week at most early on in a product lifecycle. Probably no less than every 2 weeks for a more mature product. In these meetings, you have free reign to give very detailed feedback. You can get quite detailed. But then when the meeting’s over, it’s over. No drive-bys, no random comments. Wait for the next one