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Thought for the Week
Your Success Thought for the Week of October 14, 2009
The Gift of Feedback
Aware leaders realize the benefit of feedback on a daily basis. 
  • A subordinate looking perplexed when you describe an exciting new project tells you that you're not communicating clearly.
  • An associate who's not returning your e-mails tell you it's time to pick up the phone.
  • Your home life provides an onslaught of feedback which you're wise not to ignore.
Real-time feedback is vital to becoming more successful tomorrow than you are today, yet many of us are hesitant to provide this valuable information. Why? We think more of ourselves than the recipient.
We think it may take time, which real-time feedback can happen in a 30-60 second conversation. We think it will be uncomfortable, and at first it may be, especially if you don't have permission. A simple question like: "Would you like feedback on your presentation?" opens the door.
I often hear valuable threads of feedback that, if given to the recipient rather than to me, would benefit them greatly. How would you like to hear the following from a trusted associate? 
  • "Consider slowing down when presenting your proposal, ask for questions. This way you'll have time to catch your breath and will appear more confident."
  • "Before starting your next project consider spending time with Philip to fully understand the ramifications from his point of view. Your tendency is to jump into projects quickly and then spin your wheels, costing time and additional resources and causing you stress."
  • "If you'd arrive even five minutes earlier to a meeting, you'll look more confident and prepared instead of rushing in the door at the last minute looking flustered and disorganized."
  • "I know you're pensive in meetings, deeply contemplating what is being presented. However your body language looks bored. Consider sitting up and contributing more. We'll look at you as a more vital team player."
The key when providing feedback is to have permission. Even if a person invited feedback a while back, they may not be in the space to accept it today. They could be focused on a large presentation or be on a timeline. Ask if they would like feedback on this topic and if not now, when? Accept 'perhaps never.'
You consciously or subconsciously think of ways your associates could work more productively or effectively daily. Start the conversation, ask for the feedback for yourself, and don't be shy about giving valuable feedback in return for their consideration.
Enjoy your discoveries and have an insightful week.

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