Giving actionable EP feedback marks you as a great leader. From our interviews, consensus emerged on what constitutes truly constructive criticism:
Strike while the iron is hot. Deliver the feedback when your employee is most receptive to receiving it: either right before he might blunder or right after he did. For example, upon returning from a conference, Tara, a new addition to Anand's team, got this direction on how to better represent the company in the future: "Look, this job requires a lot of networking. I see, when I take you to events, that you're not mingling except with people on your team. I want you to come back from these gatherings with a stack of business cards. I want you to forge at leave five new relationships and follow up on each of them, because as a member of this team, it's important that potential clients know you personally."