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Hi Steve. Great advice :D Sometimes when a problem is presented, the obvious answer might not be what they want to hear. I like to ask a lot, and also try to get them to find their own answers. But sometimes I just have to say it anyway. A good example is an employee that wants to show you his work, it might be to get critical feedback, and if you just say "good job" he might not be motivated to continue displaying his best work.

Steve Roesler


Good to see you and thanks for taking time to add to the topic.

Yes, the phrase "good job" really has no meaning because we all want to know from our boss:

a. What is good about it?
b. How well does it meet your expectations?
c. What would you suggest I do differently?

And a few other questions as well. Thus, starting off with questions may be fine but you very well have to let the individual know where (s)he stands vis a vis the standard set.

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