CSN Bite-Size Book Club — Brag, Worry, Wonder, Bet: A Manager’s Guide to Giving Feedback

Giving someone feedback can be a daunting task for a manager-especially when an employee is underperforming. To soften the blow, we sometimes refer to difficult feedback as “developmental” or “constructive” but these phrases rarely prompt the type of productive conversations managers need to have with team members. Steve King, a longtime executive who has held leadership roles with a variety of organizations including UW-Madison, cuts to the chase with a simple and tested framework on providing feedback.

Think of how great it would be to break through the typical awkwardness of giving feedback and start having serious conversations about performance, development, and careers. Regardless of your role, if you want to give feedback to others on a regular basis, you need a proven approach to improve the quality of your conversations. It starts with four simple words-Brag, Worry, Wonder, Bet.

Join Shelly Vils Havel and Rich Gassen of CSN to read this short book, and then have a one-session discussion around the topics covered within. We’ll send the book and other materials to participants two weeks before we meet. Then, on August 24 at 12:15, we’ll get together on Zoom to have a conversation about delivering feedback effectively.

Author Steve King is the retired executive director of the Center for Professional and Executive Development for the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Steve teaches in the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management (MEM) program in the UW-Madison College of Engineering. Steve teaches in the executive MBA program and various executive education programs for the UW-Madison School of Business. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University Center for Executive Education and teaches for the business school at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

August 24, 12:15-1:30pm on Zoom

Register at https://go.wisc.edu/cq6j9c