The Daily Challenge: Feedback For Professional Growth
Invest in your development: ask for feedback!
Time to read: 4 mins
Feedback is a direct reflection of how your actions are perceived by others around you. It’s an amazing resource for your professional growth and most people genuinely want more feedback than they are receiving. So how do you get this feedback?
The best way to get feedback is to ask for it!
By asking for feedback, you demonstrating a desire to grow and gain a better understanding of how your efforts and actions are being perceived by your manager, peers, and others in your organization.
Like anything else, we get better at giving and receiving feedback through practice. This practice is an investment in your professional growth, so start investing today!
Today, start by asking for specific feedback on something you are working on. To focus your efforts, we recommend choosing a project, task or presentation you have submitted in the past few days.
Step 1. Identify 1 or 2 projects or tasks you have been working on this week. These tasks or projects can be regularly occurring or can be one time items.
Step 2. List the specific parts of each project or task that you would like to receive feedback on and write down the questions you will ask.
For example, if you gave a presentation, it’s not helpful to simply ask “How did I do?” Instead, consider asking questions like:
“How was my pace?”
“How was the content? What was your main takeaway?”
“What are some ways improve the content / pace for next time?”
“Are there any other areas you think I could have made this presentation better?”
By asking specific questions, you make it easier for the other person to give you thoughtful feedback. This also helps avoid fear of hurting your feelings. This is a double win, because more specific feedback will be easier for you to implement as well.
Step 3. Identify people who have seen your work and can give you feedback. This might be a coworker, a client, or your manager.
Ask them when they would have time to give you feedback on “project x” (be specific). It may be helpful to send them an email ahead of time with the questions you have so they can prepare their thoughts.
Pro Tip: Make feedback a regular part of your work by inviting others to provide feedback without solicitation. Communicate when and how you prefer to receive feedback.
It may also be helpful to think of ways to make feedback a regular part of your routine (i.e., Feedback Fridays). You can also check out different frameworks and tools, such as the SBI-Feedback tool that can make feedback structured.
How to Ask for Feedback That Will Actually Help You (HBR)
Feedback: You Need To Lead It (Forbes)
A Culture of Feedback: Making it Tangible (HuffPost)
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