management training

What a Baking Show Can Teach Us About Constructive Feedback

To TV audiences who automatically associate reality television with manufactured drama, outlandish antisocial behavior, and cruel criticism bordering on abuse, The Great British Bake Off is a breath of fresh air – or more accurately a breath of healthy competition and good sportsmanship. And while the judges, Mary and Paul, have to provide critique and make an elimination in every episode, they do so in a way that demonstrates utmost respect and consideration for the efforts and skills of the contestants.

Are Most Managers Set Up to Fail?

Books, movies, television shows, and advice columns have provided endless examples of pathologically bad managers – sometime played for laughs, sometimes played for horrors.  Most bad managers are ineffective for far less dramatic reasons: they were never taught or mentored on how to be a manager, or they never wanted to be a manager in the first place.