The Daily Challenge: Take Critical Feedback Seriously


Feedback can be your super power...if you let it. 


But Not Personally.

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Having our efforts, accomplishments, and even personal behavior critiqued can feel nerve wrecking and stressful. At the same time those who actively seek out feedback, are more likely to experience rapid career growth and development.

Using critical feedback requires more than just nodding your head and suppressing feelings. Although critical feedback can be hard to hear, it's also incredibly helpful to your career development.

Here is how to utilize critical feedback to elevate your performance.

Tip 1: Consider feedback to be your best friend. Anytime you make an assumption (i.e., "My presentation was amazing." or "My recent project turned out terribly.") go a step further and explicitly ask someone for precise feedback. 

Tip 2: Anticipate potential emotional reactions. Think through the conversation and anticipate how you will respond emotionally to what is being discussed. Identify what emotions might come up if you receive a piece of feedback that you aren't expecting (i.e., anger, excitement, confusion). 

Tip 3: Remember that feedback is not about you personally. Feedback is about a task, activity, action, or behavior. Consider how you can separate what is being said about your action or behavior from who you are as a person. 

Pro Tip: Becoming good at asking for feedback, receiving it well and putting it to good use, may take some practice. Find the energy and courage to ask for feedback regularly (for example, at least monthly from your manager).

The most successful people thrive on feedback and use it to skip the normal learning curve and advance faster than their competitors. As Ken Blanchard said, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions”.

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