organizational behavior

Gratitude at work

7 Simple Ways to Demonstrate, Create, and Practice Gratitude at Work

By Melissa Eisler |

When you bring your gratitude practice to work as a leader, it can have profound ripple effects. Showing your employees that they are appreciated can improve morale, wellbeing, engagement, retention, and overall productivity. The problem is, we get caught up in the laundry lists of to-do items and gratitude often falls off our radar. To keep it top of mind, here are seven ways to create, practice, and demonstrate gratitude at work that make it easy to do and harder to forget.

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three levels of awareness

The 3 Levels of Awareness: Self, Other, and Systems Awareness for Stronger Leadership

By Melissa Eisler |

What are the three levels of awareness, and how do they relate to leadership? Learn all about what they are and get some ideas on how to expand your awareness on all levels.

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receive feedback

How Well Do You Receive Feedback?

By Melissa Eisler |

How a leader receives feedback signals how valuable feedback is on the team and in the culture. Learn five tips to receive feedback in a way that encourages a growth-minded culture.

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Compassionate Leadership

Compassionate Leadership and Culture

By Melissa Eisler |

Compassion is a complex and often misunderstood mindset, yet it is critical for healthy and thriving workplace cultures. Building a culture of compassion starts with – and necessitates – compassionate leadership.

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The Collaborative Feedback Framework

By Melissa Eisler |

There are dozens of frameworks and tools about how to deliver effective feedback conversations. The collaborative feedback framework focuses on collaboration, positioning feedback as a two-way dialogue and partnership, rather than a one-way conversation. Start here if you want to prepare for a feedback conversation that stays productive.

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positive feedback cultures

Gratitude, Acknowledgment, and Positive Feedback at Work

By Melissa Eisler |

In our society – and particularly our workplaces – we tend to focus on the faults, mistakes, and blunders of ourselves and others – and skip over the accomplishments achieved. When so much attention is flowing towards criticism and judgment, the cost is a culture that focuses on what is going wrong, rather than what is going right. This article is packed with tips on how to focus on positive feedback and appreciation at work – for yourself, others, and in organizations at scale.

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curiosity

The 4 Elements of Curiosity: Leadership’s Superpower

By Melissa Eisler |

Curiosity is complicated and multidimensional, which is why the benefits are so broad. It is not simply that you are curious or not; there are different flavors of curiosity that come in handy in different situations and environments. Let’s take a look at the four elements of curiosity.

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360 feedback

360 Feedback: How Do Others See You?

By Melissa Eisler |

360 feedback instruments and processes are designed to gather feedback and perspective from the people who work closest to the leader, and then reflect those perceptions back to support their leadership development. Here are three approaches and four tools to getting 360-degree feedback, depending on your budget and needs.

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Both/And Leadership Mindset

6 Ways to Embrace a Both/And Leadership Mindset and Communication Approach

By Melissa Eisler |

A both/and leadership mindset can lead you to more informed decisions, more collaborative teams, and stronger relationships and results. Keep reading to learn six tips on how to embrace this productive and collaborative mindset as a leader.

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Right Wrong Trap

Escape the Right/Wrong Thinking Trap in Leadership

By Melissa Eisler |

The right/wrong thinking trap is more dangerous than you think. Find out the risks of holding onto your idea of “right” too tightly, and what kind of leadership mindset to embrace, instead.

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4 Frameworks for Feedback Conversations Leaders Can Use

By Melissa Eisler |

You know you have to give someone feedback, but the idea of giving constructive feedback has you in knots. What’s the best way to say what you need to say so it is productive for everyone? Learn four frameworks for feedback conversations you can use to deliver feedback in a candid, compassionate, and productive way.

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Feedback as a gift

Feedback as a Gift: Reframing Difficult Conversations

By Melissa Eisler |

If you can learn to see feedback as a gift, you will increase your capacity to have difficult conversations, which will improve your relationships at work, your team’s performance, and the culture of your organization.

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getting honest feedback

11 Steps to Getting Honest Feedback as the Boss

By Melissa Eisler |

The higher up you climb in an organization, the more valuable feedback tends to be. The problem is, the more power you have, the more difficult it is to get honest feedback. This presents a huge dilemma to leaders who want the honest truth about where they need to grow. Find out what you can do as the leader to encourage honest, direct feedback from your team.

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9 Elements of an Effective Request

By Melissa Eisler |

Most leaders don’t get what they really want or need from their teams because they don’t know how to ask for it. Here are nine things to consider to ensure your next request is a productive one.

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activities to spark creativity

6 Activities to Spark Creativity and Innovation on Your Team

By Melissa Eisler |

If your team is struggling to generate new ideas, you may have to do something different. Try one of these activities – perfectly suited for brainstorming sessions and leadership retreats. These exercises offer a great way for your team to feel more connected, think outside the box, and have some fun.

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creative team environment

10 Ways to Create a Team Environment That Fosters Creative Thinking

By Melissa Eisler |

Creative blocks happen. When a team has been working together for a while, particularly on the same brand or product or mission, it’s easy for them to get stuck in a creative rut – together. As a leader, how can you spark creativity and create an environment that fosters creative thinking?

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power at work

Power at Work: What it Really Means and How to Gain Power (Even When You Think You Have None)

By Melissa Eisler |

Most people think of manipulation and deceit when they think of power at work. However, power is often misunderstood – and it is not inherently bad. The more you understand power, the more power is accessible to you. Learn about 11 types of power and find tips on how to gain more power at work.

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Melissa is the founder and executive coach at Wide Lens Leadership and a Partner at Evolution. As an ICF Certified Executive Coach with a Master's degree in organizational leadership, Melissa has coached hundreds of leaders ranging from C-suite to entrepreneur, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, and across diverse industries. Her work focuses on helping high-performing senior leaders and their teams magnify impact by building trust, collaboration, accountability, and healthy communication skills.

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