24 minutes | Mar 16th 2021

031: Chris Adams Encourages Growth

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I invite guests to share personal stories about small acts of leadership that help shape their lives.

In Episode 31, Chris Adams explains how a previous manager enhanced the performance review process and describes how a manager successfully encouraged a team to embrace a transformational change. Also, Chris advises us to use small, positive affirmations as feedback, which can have a substantial effect.

00:00 Prologue: Performance Consulting Changes Organizations for the Better

I’ve known Chris for several years and have had the privilege to work with him on some performance improvement projects and workshops. Chris is a dynamic facilitator and an exceptional performance consultant. Oh, yes, he’s also a technology wizard (compared to me).

01:42 Part 1: A Small Addition Amplifies the Performance Review Effect

In traditional performance reviews, managers discuss with employees their strengths and ways to improve. Next, they work with their employees on a development plan for the following twelve months. In this story, Chris shares one of his performance reviews that occurred early in his career and what his manager did that was different.

09:27 Part 2: Removing Barriers and Obstacles

Chris shares a story of how a manager of a team encouraged the direct reports to embrace a transformational change with enthusiasm and an open mind.

19:37 Part 3: Feedback with Positive Affirmations

Chris advises us to offer positive affirmations to encourage growth and to help others figure out ways to develop and enhance their contribution to the team and the organization.


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Episode links

Chris' LinkedIn and Twitter profiles

Chris’ Bio


  Becoming a Strategic Learning Business Partner

  Consider the White Room: Curating Meaningful Learner Experiences

  Focus First on Results

Blog: Skill Is Not Performance (a tribute to Dana and Jim Robinson)

Gary DePaul's website 

Gary's books:

  What the Heck Is Leadership and Why Should I Care?

  Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership 

Background Music

You can find all the musical tracks at Envato Elements.

00:00 Theme music: Inspiring Uplifting Corporate by mixer_drummer

01:23 Climbing Higher Up by jhunger

09:08 Documentary by Praded

19:20 Uplifting Adventure Rock by pinkzebra

23:00 Fun and Flirtyby BrownHouseMedia

Lead on!

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