Why it’s Important as a Leader to Create a Development-Rich Zone

“Employees aren’t interested in being treated as cogs in the machine. Employees want to have their hands on the steering wheel and have a clear understanding of their role in the big picture.” -Fierce CEO, Halley Bock   We’ve all heard the horror stories. The tales of employees who… Read the full article →

Fierce Tip of the Week: Provide Feedback

This week in your conversations focus your attention outwards and take advantage of opportunities to provide constructive feedback. The ability to thoughtfully articulate and explain areas where a project, a peer, or direct report could improve is extremely valuable. There can be hesitancy to provide feedback because of a… Read the full article →

How Staff Agreements Can Set an Organization’s Standards

In partnership with Fierce in the Schools, the Learning Forward Blog will be publishing an exclusive article for our Fierce blog. Our guest writer is Stephanie Hirsh, the Executive Director of Learning Forward, Please visit the Learning Forward Blog, hosted by Education Week, to read more of their blog… Read the full article →

Fierce Resources: How to Ask Questions Like Socrates

Fierce is excited to announce the new series, Fierce Resources, that will be featured on our blog. We will be sharing an article or blog that we find interesting and think our readers will enjoy! This week’s featured piece was found on the Smart Brief’s website located in their SmartBlog… Read the full article →

As a Leader, Choose Coaching Over Advice Giving

Imagine a direct report comes to you and needs to discuss a problem they’ve wanted to solve for months, and they ask you for your help. How do you move forward with the conversation? First, be aware as a leader that this is a great opportunity to engage in… Read the full article →

Fierce Tip of the Week: Hold Each Other Able

In Fierce Accountability, we talk about the difference between holding someone accountable and holding someone able. Often we talk about accountability in a legislative matter. Something we can impose on others. Many of us associate accountability with blame. At Fierce, we prefer to view accountability not as a process… Read the full article →

3 Steps to Embrace Being Confronted

It’s never fun or easy being confronted. For many, our instinct is to deny, defend, or deflect what is being put before us. At Fierce, we believe confrontation conversations are healthy and can be rewarding. However, it does take skill and practice to ensure the conversation is productive and… Read the full article →

Fierce Tip of the Week: Obey Your Instincts

We’ve all experienced having a “gut feeling” during a conversation. It is an instinct that kicks in when we sense that there is something going on that is out of balance with ourselves or our surroundings. The tip this week is to obey that instinct. I know that, personally,… Read the full article →

Investing in Conversations

Each month, Fierce contributes to the  Learning Forward blog hosted by Education Week. Director of Fierce in the Schools, Janet Irving, wrote our newest piece which was  published today, and we wanted to share a portion of the blog with you. Conversations are the life blood of a school.… Read the full article →

Fierce Tip of the Week: Be Generous in Your Conversations

There are so many ways to practice generosity in your conversations. You can be generous with your time, your attitude, your knowledge, and you can direct this effort towards others, and even toward yourself. Generosity is a component of one of the Four Objectives of a Fierce Conversation: Enrich… Read the full article →