Dear Michael and Mark,
I have only recently begun listening to your podcasts, up to about 10 or so. I find them quite interesting, valuable and entertaining. However, I was quite puzzled and disappointed to hear your “feedback” podcast. I almost wondered if someone hacked in to your systems, re-recorded your podcast (mimicking your styles and voices) and you don’t even know it. I imagined if you heard it yourself, you will tell me that it is exactly what happened! Well, we shall see!
Before I go on, is there a pre-requisite to that podcast, hence my confusion? Or, perhaps, I misunderstood the entire purpose of the podcast?
My conclusion of the podcast is similar to an old adage: treat everyone equally, but differently! Which I always TRY to abide by. So point well taken!
Did I draw the right conclusion, in a gist?
I find your actual feedbacks, the wordings of them, very troubling. Essentially, you identified the types (D/I/S/C) and psychologically and methodically attacked their self-esteems (sensitivities and strengths) and reduced them to nothing; shred them into pieces, type by type. I have issues with “typecasting” in general anyway - topic for another post.
There was nothing constructive about those feedbacks, nothing more than a scare tactics. It is almost like telling a person that when you miss your deadline and you are over the budget, people think that it might be because you have: AID/limp/lisp/a missing limb/extra fat or that awful mole on your forehead. This is something, a jealous and/or a disgruntled ex-wife/girl friend, a friend, a colleague, or an old aunt/uncle would do to hurt your self-esteem. Again, as I said, I might have missed the purpose of the podcast, but do you really want to attack the self-esteem of your employees? Judging from your other podcasts, I find this advice to be in absolute contradiction with what you guys preach, and I am glad to say so.
Perhaps, my expectations were different. I was expecting for questions to ask “the Jacks”, their potential responses (usual BS according to the types) and sifting through the answers to get to the bottom of why he was late and over budgeted, as he isn’t usually, and how to encourage him to avoid the same mistakes in the future vs. tactics to lower his self-esteem, practically make him feel like shit. I can see the horrifying, your life is about to crumble, motivation factor in your approach, but it may only work once or twice, because all of your Jacks will soon become Jack-N, as in Nothing.
Obviously, I would love a response from Michael and/or Mark, but I am also very curious about what my fellow members think about my take on the podcast.
I thank you in advance for reading and for your thoughtful responses.