Feedback: How it helps you and others

When is the last time you received feedback? What did you do with it? How was it presented?

Feedback is one of the most important parts of working well with others. To be able to give and receive feedback, whether positive or constructive, is a skill that should be constantly improved. In a recent post on his Leadership Freak blog, Dan Rockwell discussed how feedback can help us as leaders.

Giving good feedback doesn’t begin with talking. It begins with listening, asking questions, and watching with intention.

Listening actively and truly understanding those you work with will help you to give feedback that is more than just fluff or something simple like “good job”. Feedback that is constructive and helpful should give the recipient a clear idea of what they did that was good or could be better.

If you can’t see it, define it, explain it and illustrate it, don’t give feedback. Saying things like you’re lazy or you have a bad attitude will be followed by, “No I’m not,” and, “No I don’t.” You’ve created a defensive dynamic.

Clarity and definitive examples assist your feedback to be as effective as possible.

 

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  1. Leadership Thought #199 – Encourage Constructive Feedback « Ed Robinson's Blog - August 19, 2011

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