Blog - Ling Abson
How to Give Feedback to Your Direct Report

How to Give Feedback to Your Direct Report

Whether you’re a new manager or a seasoned manager, giving someone negative feedback can be uncomfortable.   (1) Investigate One of the first things I would do first when someone gives me feedback for my direct report is to investigate if that feedback is just...
5 Ways to Feel Confident in Giving Feedback

5 Ways to Feel Confident in Giving Feedback

When you’re just starting in a new leadership role, it can be daunting feeling confident about giving feedback. Here are some tips to help you. 1. Fear of not being liked One of the top reasons why we won’t like giving feedback is the underlying fear of...
6 Ways to Improve Your One-on-One

6 Ways to Improve Your One-on-One

Have you always wondered what to say or if there’s a better way to conduct your one-on-ones? Here are 6 ways you can improve your next one-on-one. 1. The one-on-one you’re having with your direct report is about them not you. So I don’t usually go in...
What to Do When You’re Stressed Out

What to Do When You’re Stressed Out

Today we’re talking about stress, about anxiety, about what to do when you’re worried about something. So over the Christmas holidays, my daughter who is seven years old had been sick with a fever that ranged from around 100 to a 103 Farenheit for the past four...
How to Feel Productive as a  Manager

How to Feel Productive as a Manager

When I first switch from being an individual contributor to a manager, I really struggled with the day-to-day, feeling productive, feeling useful. As an individual contributor I have a list of things I need to do every day and I measure my productivity and usefulness...
Are You Feeling Like an Imposter?

Are You Feeling Like an Imposter?

Today I want to talk about impostor syndrome. Something near and dear to my heart So what’s impostor syndrome for those of you who are not familiar? The definition I like explains that Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts...
10 Lessons Learned 4 Years Into Management

10 Lessons Learned 4 Years Into Management

  I’ve been managing people for the past 4 years and a leadership coach for the last 2 years. Someone asked me if I could share my learnings and experiences and here are the 10 things I’ve learned. 1. The fastest way to get better at something is to...
Step by Step Guide on How to Facilitate a Team Working Agreement

Step by Step Guide on How to Facilitate a Team Working Agreement

I like to facilitate a team working agreement meeting when a new team has just formed or a team has gone through major changes like teammates leaving and/or joining new. And sometimes, I would facilitate this meeting for teams who are not doing that well to shake...
Step by Step Guide on How to Facilitate a Retrospective

Step by Step Guide on How to Facilitate a Retrospective

In this post, I’m going to describe how I run a retrospective for a team. So in the book Agile Retrospectives, written by Esther Derby, you’ll read a lot more in detail about how to run a retrospective and what are the different stages.  Here are the different stages...
What are retrospectives and why should you use it?

What are retrospectives and why should you use it?

Today, I’m going to talk about three benefits to using retrospectives to engage your team. I facilitate retrospectives frequently with teams and have found a lot of times teams who are new to retrospectives will provide feedback and say “Wow, I wish we’ve...