Feedback: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Feedback: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

How frequently do you give and receive feedback? In Vistage, we believe that it is a gift, and we practice it liberally. It is essential for my members to be able to see an issue from a different perspective and subsequently take action.

Yet, most of the CEO’s and leaders that I know find giving and receiving feedback challenging. That is unfortunate. Praise provides an opportunity to reinforce desired behavior and help build an environment of trust while “negative” feedback is a great opportunity to correct undesirable behavior, whether it is yours or your employees.

Here are some select articles to help improve your feedback skills and to encourage you to make asking for, and giving, feedback part of your daily life.Sugar

Praise, properly understood Which of the two following statements reflects the proper way to praise someone?
  1. “Wow, you did a great job!”
  2. “Wow, you’re great!”

You’ll find the answer in a New Yorker article summarizing research that suggests that a subtle change in how we praise can have a significant impact on subsequent performance. In an age where every child gets a trophy and every employee wants feedback, this two page overview on the art of praising properly is required reading for both parents and Executives.

FeedbackFeedback and performance appraisals

Only 36% of managers complete appraisals thoroughly and on time. In one recent survey, 55% of employees said that their most recent performance review had been unfair or inaccurate, and one in four said that they dread such evaluations more than anything else in their working lives.SmileyFaceDoubleWhat most failed leaders have in common

“Most leaders that fail, fail to get feedback.” says Dave Brookmire from Corporate Performance Strategies. If you are a leader and don’t have a selection of formal and informal feedback loops, get some. I know where you can find an honest opinion: Vistage!FrownyFaceYour employees want the negative feedback that you hate to give

92% of the respondents agreed with the assertion, “Negative (redirecting) feedback, if delivered appropriately, is effective at improving performance.”WhyGetting further with feedback

Ken Blanchard said, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.

If you aren’t giving and receiving feedback, your commitment to improvement and success is shallow at best. You’re stunting the growth of yourself and your organization.

Giving good feedback doesn’t begin with talking. It begins with listening, asking questions, and watching with intention. Don’t assume that you’re perceptions are right. Try the “5 Why” method developed by Sakichi Toyoda of Toyota which is summarized in this blog.MegaphoneInEarHow to deal with judgment and criticism in a healthy way

It doesn’t matter how you choose to live your life- whether you build a business or work at a corporate job, have children o rnot, travel the world or be a homebody, work out at the gym five times a week or sit on the couch every night- whatever you do, someone will judge you for it.

Here are some tips on how to effectively cope with it.

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A twist on accepting feedback from The Onion.

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