Cancel Culture, Revisited

Any good business person will tell you that failures are a necessary ingredient of success. They demonstrate ambition to push limits, resilience against setbacks, and the creativity inherent in trial and error. Yet this same principle is rarely applied to the rules of engagement between co-workers. An isolated slip-up of questionable language, for example, can lead to HR action, and …

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The bad feedback myth

Feedback is challenging – this is not a revelation to most of you. Research has shown that people avoid providing feedback like it is the plague. For those on the receiving end, the desire to get feedback is clear but once we get it, the ensuing internal debate on the “worthiness” of the feedback begins to rage. [Related: Your employees …

Reflections on Our First Year in Business

With every new year we see a world of opportunities. We wake up on January 1st with what seems like a limitless and expansive calendar to accomplish our many goals, aspirations, and dreams. I often wonder, why wait for January 1, or a birthday, or any significant date? Well, over here at Fringe, some exciting changes are afoot and we …

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Let’s talk about the “F-Word”

Feedback: Curse, threat, or opportunity? It’s that time of year again, feedback & performance time! While some innovative organizations are switching away from gathering and giving feedback once a year, many still hold this time for year-end performance reviews. During my years working in talent management, I met only a handful of people who enjoyed the performance process. Managers hate the administrative …