Ok, so getting feedback on yourself isn’t the most comfortable of things to do, I mean, who’s to say people will be honest with us. Are we just happier with our head in the sand?
Here are some hints and tips to help you receive feedback.
• See the feedback as valuable information. It will potentially help you to move in the right direction.
• Remember, it may have taken a lot of courage for someone to provide feedback, so we should be thankful that they were kind enough and brave enough to provide it.
• People generally deliver feedback with good intention.
• Listen to the feedback without interrupting, so you fully understand and check out your understanding by restating what you have heard.
• Probe for more information. Ask questions such as “Can you give me a bit more detail?”
• Avoid a defensive or emotional response. Comments like “I only did it that way because …” and watch out for “Ah yes, but …”
• Don’t argue with the feedback. It is based on their perception of the truth.
• Feedback is a gift, you can choose whether to accept it.
So, we challenge you to go out and ask for feedback from 3 people, you never know, it might just be the catalyst for change you have needed for a while!
If you are a leader and would like to take a more structured approach to receiving feedback we are accredited to offer the Everything DiSC® 363 for Leaders profile. This tool can be used by anyone in a leadership role who wants to include 360 feedback as part of their ongoing personal development. If you are interested in finding out more, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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