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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 essential to professional growth.  So …

Hazard Ahead: Staffing and Retention in a “Hybrid” Workplace

As employers consider bringing their teams back into the office, they’re thinking about safety, legal compliance, technology, equipment. But what might not be on their minds? Employee engagement and well-being. And that’s a big mistake.  It’s a dangerous fallacy to assume that the employees you sent home in March 2020 are the same ones coming back into the office, even …

The Self-Care Guide for Hustlers

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to up a person’s hustle game. In 2020 many of us set up home offices for the first time and had fewer reasons to leave the house, so it became normal to put in long hours toward a career (or fun new side gig) to stay busy. While challenging ourselves has many benefits, it’s …

Three learning & development trends we are focusing on in 2021!

As we reflected on what would be helpful to communicate to our Fringe Family this month, one thing was very clear. There is A LOT happening in our workplaces right now. So, instead of going deep on one topic, we thought it might be helpful to share with you the top three things we are thinking about as we head …

Stepping Out of Email Jail

At Fringe PD, we practice what we preach and we are always learning and growing. Many of our clients and colleagues have expressed concern about the ever-present expansion of our working hours. As someone recently said to us, we no longer work at home, it feels more like we live at work. We know that people do their best, most …

All the Feels: How Emotions Help You Achieve Your Goals

Emotions often get a bad rap in the workplace. How many times have you been told to “leave your emotions out” of a decision or meeting? But when it comes to goal-setting — a critical part of any professional development plan — they’re actually one of our most powerful tools.  That’s because goals are only useful to our career growth …

The Real Lessons of Lifelong Learning

As the saying goes: Life comes at you fast. Days turn into weeks turn into years, and before you know it you’re 15 years into a career that wasn’t anything you could have imagined, one that included pivots to new industries and maybe even side hustles. At this point, it’s normal to feel stuck in a rut, or like you …

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 a personal level too. The …

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 human beings. Somewhere amid the …

5 Reasons Upward Feedback Sucks — And How to Fix It

Organizations spend a considerable amount of time and lose up to $35 million each year trying to get feedback on their leaders’ performance and management behaviors. For some, this is part of identifying management issues, minimizing turnover rates, or correcting lackluster productivity. For others, it is a proactive effort to deliver feedback for professional development at all levels. Recently, we …

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