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How to Give Employees Feedback Without Killing Morale

Putting the 'constructive' in constructive criticism

- February 11, 2013
No one ever said being a manager would be easier than reporting to one. Inevitably, one of your valued direct reports will make a substantial mistake, and it'll be your job to point it out without being too bossy or too passive.

Come on too strong and you could damage his morale. Come on too soft and he might never improve. Either way, you can be sure his peers -- and yours -- will hear all about how you handled the situation the next time coffee gets brewed, and you only get one chance to do it right.

So, take this advice from a few career experts on how to put the 'constructive' in constructive criticism, and turn a moment of correction into a turning point for success.

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