Falling in love with feedback

“I love getting feedback…”

Who can honestly say this about themselves?

I certainly want to say this about me. I know that feedback is going to help me, but I don’t know that I love it. I don’t know that I’m all that great at seeking it.

What I do know is this: My ability to seek, receive and use feedback is correlated to the trajectory for success in my career.

This reminds me of a moment when I was in the thick of it as I transitioned from entrepreneur to employee.

Many things changed about my work.

Specifically:

  • I was given a manager
  • I was given a scorecard
  • I was given performance reviews
  • I was given a lot of feedback

A bit of a shock to the system when you’re used to working for yourself!

Early on in this transition I was tasked by my manager to proactively seek feedback from three key cross functional people in the organisation.

(Part of me wishes I figured out this for myself…but therein lies one of the benefits of having a great manager.)

Here are the questions that shaped those conversations:

  1. What’s one thing I do that you believe is helping to contribute to the success of our team?
  2. What’s one thing that I do that you believe is detracting from the success of our team?
  3. What’s something you’d like to see me doing better that you feel will contribute to the success of our team, and ultimately help me to become a more valuable team player?

So, here’s today’s challenge – take these questions, carefully select one key person that will provide you with valuable, direct and honest answers, and maybe you’ll start falling in love with getting feedback.

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