Contrary to popular belief, giving positive feedback to your direct reports isn’t just about recognizing them and making them feel good. While those are important factors, there’s a lot more to it.
Great managers get this. Instead of jumping in with a rote “nice job” or “thanks,” they take a few extra minutes to consider how to give praise in a way that will be truly useful. Maybe you highlight an element of someone’s work that veers away from a less productive habit, or help an insecure direct report see