035 – Give Feedback, Grow Your Career and Be Awesome, with Pete Mockaitis
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Pete Mockaitis is an award-winning trainer who has served clients in over 50 countries. His work has enhanced Fortune 100 corporations, high-growth startups, and major nonprofits. He’s conducted one-on-one critical thinking coaching sessions for over 700 thinkers from every Ivy League University and numerous world-class organizations such as Apple, Goldman Sachs, Google, McKinsey & Company, and the United Nations.
Pete is also the host of the How to be Awesome At Your Job podcast where he grills thought-leaders and results-getters to discover specific, actionable insights that boost work performance.
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Pete Mockaitis Interview – Key Takeaways:
- 1:34 Check out Pete’s Podcast: How To Be Awesome At Your Job
- 2:09 Pete’s Career Path
- Books make you better!
- Strategy Consulting with Bain & Company
- Why Pete started his training and consulting company
- 4:45 What did Pete do to secure his dream internship?
- He set his sights early, sought out advice, and practiced
- 6:29 Who was Pete Mockaitis’ Best Manager?
- Blair Nelson
- “He took a little extra time to really notice and care about and invest in me”
- “He built in time for feedback and learning & development”
- 8:32 A great example of how to give feedback
- 9:47 Some Takeaways from Pete’s Best Manager
- There is Power in the Small Things (Notice the Details and Be Intentional)n
- People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!
- Be Intentional – Good managers don’t fly by the seat of their pants
- Give specific feedback, both constructive and encouraging –> positive behavior reinforcement
- “Sometimes I think the feedback sandwich is more for the manager’s own stomach than it is for the benefit of the recipient”
- Power Phrase: “These are the implications of the good things you’ve done”
- 16:51 The Biggest Challenge that Pete Mockaitis has faced in leadership
- Pete shared a story about hiring an employee who wasn’t able to meet the demands of her new job and wasn’t able to commit to the level that Pete expected
- Pete also talks about what it feels like to have an employee who doesn’t want it as bad as you do
- What did Pete learn through this challenge?
- 20:54 Get real quickly about what’s happening
- 21:04 When you have an unchangeable or tricky reality… take a breath, forgive and see what can we do now?
- 23:10 Outline expectations, requirements, and requests… at the beginning
- 24:31 What’s exciting in Pete Mockaitis’ world today?
- 28:54 Some thoughts on Self-Development
- Find the courage to ask for feedback
- “But if you take the moment to ask the question then you really start learning and improving and becoming a rock star and having more fun”
- 29:19 Pete Mockaitis’ Book Recommendation
- The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
- 32:03 Final words of encouragement
- Have fun… don’t sweep problems under the rug, have the courage to address issues that arise. Don’t let fear run the show on your team.
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Interesting Links & Resources:
HowToBeAwesomeAtYourJob.com – Common Sense Leadership Training and Advice. Learn what is leadership and what it takes to discover and develop your own leadership style.
Free Management Course: Fully Engaged in 10 Days – Learn Three Critical Components to Increasing Employee Engagement on Your Team