As photographers, we’re essentially the alpha dog. The main man/woman. The team leader. We set the pace for a project. We keep the pulse at the rate it needs to be. This can be a lot of pressure, but this is also why we’re paid the big bucks (haha, can you tell it’s Monday morning humour). Our team is our strength. If you have a great team, there is very little that can send a project off course. A bad team however is like trying to swim up current, while wearing a weight belt. And in jeans.
How does one give feedback to your team that actually helps? Well, the psychologists have an interesting take on this. Praise the process, not the person. We’re very quick to praise a person for their input. Interestingly though this builds on a longer term effect of tearing them down when they face negativity or times of failure. We’re all human & failure is as integral to success. There is no success without failure.
Rule #1: When things go wrong, keep it real.
Rule #2: When things go wrong, fight self-doubt.
Rule #3: When things go right, avoid praising ability.
Check out this article on how to give feedback to your team that will help you be a stronger leader, create stronger team members & ultimately help everyone develop to their best potential.