Two items posted to LinkedIn, relating to communication processes in work and jobs.
“Beware of the ‘Crap Sandwich,’ a Sneaky Managerial Technique for Giving Negative Feedback,” by Alison Green, Slate, 22 August 2018 (posted August 2018)
Can’t remember where I first heard of this technique – prefacing criticism with praise, and then following with praise again – but it’s only now that I’m encountering the term “crap sandwich.” It seemed like a nice idea at the time, but it’s also easy to see how it got a bad name. Anything formulaic in interpersonal relations will sooner or later be recognized as such.
Issue here IMO isn’t really too much collaboration or consensus-seeking but rather misplaced deference, deliberation & dithering. Good teamwork requires stepping up or supporting another’s lead at the right moments.