How to reprimand someone (with dignity)


Many times we as leaders make this much more complicated and difficult than it needs to be. We play out how the situation might go in our heads to the point of ludicracy. Then trapping ourselves in fear of what might happen, we do nothing. Fear of paralysis kicks in.

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4 thoughts on “How to reprimand someone (with dignity)

  1. weggieboy says:

    Do it without an audience of their peers and give them a chance to speak, whether in defense of their behavior (sometimes things aren’t as they seem) or just to help them be part of the solution to the problem, which is their behavior, not the person.

  2. The sandwich is always a good plan!

  3. Vikki Brown says:

    Good advice but don’t forget to document the conversation so that you have a record should the problem persist. An easy way to do this is with a confirming email. “Hi ____. Just confirming that today we talked about _____ and that going forward XYZ is expected”

    If you ever have to go down the disciplinary road, you have a record of the steps taken to correct the behavior.

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