The Power of Constructive Nagging

Contrary to what the term might suggest, constructive nagging is not about being a nuisance or a bully. We’ve all had experiences with such individuals and they’re rarely enjoyable. Instead, my approach to nagging is designed to be engaging and enjoyable.


Building Trust

The first step in constructive nagging is to foster trust with those aroundto you, be they employees, affiliates, or partners. They need to understand that you value them and are invested in their success. This can be achieved by personalizing your communication with them. Avoid generic, impersonal memos and instead, address them directly, acknowledging their strengths, weaknesses, and unique circumstances.

Personal visits or phone calls can also go a long way in building trust. While it’s great to have a business that can run on autopilot, it’s important to remember that your key people need to feel valued and appreciated.

Positive Reinforcement

The second step is to acknowledge good work. This approach, which I learned from a renowned psychologist, is far more effective than simply pointing out mistakes. If someone does something well, let them know. If they make a mistake, remain silent. Over time, they will naturally gravitate towards the actions that earn them praise.

When someone does a good job but misses a few details, use the ‘Oreo cookie’ method: start with positive feedback, then gently point out the areas that need improvement, and end on a positive note.


Grouping Tasks

The third step is to group tasks together. This is more effective than issuing isolated orders and helps people stay organized. For ex