4 Ways to Reduce Your Fear of Uncomfortable Feedback Conversations

Veronica Matthews is an Executive Coach at Fringe PD, where their mission is to help people communicate better and create more human workplaces. Sweaty palms, dry mouth, temples pulsing, fast beating heart. No, that isn’t you perched on the platform preparing to zipline; that’s you thinking about giving feedback to someone on your team. If dread or … Read more

The “Suck It Up Buttercup” Fallacy: Why Being Mean to Your Associates May Backfire

Veronica Matthews is an Executive Coach at Fringe PD, where their mission is to help people communicate better and create more human workplaces. It’s no secret, lawyers and the legal profession have been referred to as dog-eat-dog. It is understandable why – the legal system is inherently adversarial; the situations involve high stakes; and there are extreme … Read more

The Ultimate Flex: Using Adaptive Leadership to Get the Most From Your Team

Our mission at Fringe PD is to help people communicate better and create more human workplaces. If you manage people, you may never have considered whether your leadership style hinders your team’s potential. But it’s an important question to ask. Whether you have reflected on it or not, now is a great time to explore how … Read more

No Undefined Terms: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Vague Language

Do you ever feel like you’re walking a tightrope when it comes to communication? One wrong word can lead to confusion and misunderstandings, even with the best intentions. That’s why it pays to be crystal clear when communicating with others, especially at work. Unfortunately, using vague language is all too common and can have serious … Read more

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: A Guide to Inclusive Leadership

Take a second to think about the different teams you’ve been a part of at work. Chances are some were great – you loved working with the group, you felt respected and heard by leadership, and you felt motivated to do your best work. And some of the teams you’ve been a part of have … Read more

You can’t sit with us! Creating more civility at work

It’s no secret that the workplace can be a breeding ground for stress and conflict. From office politics to personality clashes, it’s easy for workplace communications to go downhill fast. This can lead to decreased productivity, missed deadlines, and even worse. But what if there was another way? What if we could all learn to … Read more

Who’s the Bruno in your Organization?

It’s true, here at Fringe HQ, we really can take ANY pop culture reference and make it about workplace dynamics. So after succumbing to the hit new Disney movie Encanto over the weekend, I got to thinking about Bruno. And yes, we are going to talk about him.   Besides the Lin-Manuel effect, a film like Encanto … Read more

Embracing the Vulnerability of Feedback

Think about the last time you received constructive feedback. If you’re anything like me and most people, that critique probably didn’t feel great. Our initial response to constructive feedback is usually pretty unpleasant — grief, irritation, denial — and rarely does it feel constructive. But as much as constructive feedback can hurt, we know it’s … Read more

The Imperfect Leader

Most new leaders who come to us for support have the weight of perfection on their shoulders. I’ve seen so many aspiring leaders frozen in their careers by the perceived expectation of achieving flawless execution, easy and productive feedback conversations, and a team who will not only rally for them but also like them on … Read more

Will you join me in a push for civility?

Dear Fringe Community, In a normal year, January would be the time that I talk about being a badass goal-setter and treasuring your mistakes.  But this year — as I sit in our now highly militarized capital city on the eve of Inauguration Day — it seems more appropriate to reflect on how we Americans engage with each other as … Read more