Alistair Cockroft

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Transactional Analysis 1: ego states & basic transactions

The Art Of Giving Feedback

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Allison Hopkins is the vice president of people at Hampton Creek, where she assists in the growth of its business, people and culture.</i><p>At Hampton Creek we ask, “What would it look like if we started over?” This drives our business philosophy. The one area we have focused on is giving …

The science of feedback: Is more feedback always better?

Is it possible to give too much feedback?<p>A few weeks ago, I had an interesting conversation with a client discussing about whether it’s possible to …

Creating Sustainable Performance

Artwork: Yue Minjun, Untitled, 2005, watercolor on paper, 140 x 127 cm<p>When the economy’s in terrible shape, when any of us is lucky to have a job—let alone one that’s financially and intellectually rewarding—worrying about whether or not your employees are happy might seem a little over the top. …

Giving a High Performer Productive Feedback

Giving feedback, particularly constructive feedback, is often a stressful task. As counterintuitive as it may seem, giving feedback to a top performer can be even tougher. Top performers may not have obvious development needs and in identifying those needs, you can sometimes feel like you’re being …

Six effective ways to have that difficult conversation at work

Employees want more feedback. Gen Y employees in particular, want constant feedback. Managers however are often reluctant to give feedback if they …

Difficult Conversations: 9 Common Mistakes

<b>Mistake #1: We fall into a combat mentality.</b><p>When difficult conversations turn toxic, it’s often because we’ve made a key mistake: we’ve fallen into a combat mentality. This allows the conversation to become a zero-sum game, with a winner and a loser. But the reality is, when we let conversations …