Archive for May 3rd, 2013

This continues a series on advice for new top editors in Digital First Media newsrooms. Some of the advice might be good for veteran editors, too, and for editors in other companies.

One of the most important things a top editor does is praise people specifically for doing good work. I have heard more than one editor dismiss the value of praise, saying they don’t praise people just for doing their jobs. They don’t understand how to praise and they don’t understand the power of praise as a leadership technique.

When I was at the American Press Institute, I collected data that underscored the value of praise. Before some of our seminars for editors, I would ask the participants and their staffs parallel questions about the editors’ leadership practices. Two factors relating to praise stood out from those questionnaires of more than 100 editors and their staffs: (more…)

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