THURSDAY THOUGHTS! - Feedback, do with it whatever you want

Posted by | April 26, 2012 | Thursday Thoughts | No Comments

One of the best proven ways to learn and develop is by hearing others’ reflections on our own actions.

“When was the last time you heard and acted upon, feedback?”

Since feedback is simply any kind of response to the work you do you receive feedback all the time, in many different forms, probably every single day. For example:

  • an academic reacts to a question you raise in class;
  • a colleague disagrees with you about an issue in a team meeting;
  • someone praises you for getting something completed much earlier than them;
  • the comments section on any blog, or Facebook status, or response to a tweet; or
  • your annual appraisal.

You’ll notice that many of these instances of feedback occur regularly in your day-to-day activities, and it’s important to recognise that you have a personal choice to make in what you do with this feedback.  You could:

  • ignore it;
  • file it for future attention;
  • disagree with it; or
  • Reflect upon it, accept it, and act upon it.  This is the most powerful developmental choice you can make in this set.

Formalised feedback is a communication you can potentially learn from, just like all the others, and it is like any genuine communication: it requires a response in order to add value. You will only make the most of feedback by working to turn it into ideas for future action. You can reflect upon what the feedback you receive tells you, whether you’ve learned the right things in the right way, and how you could better have gone about this learning. So this weeks reflection is to think about:

When was the last time you heard and acted upon, feedback?”

Aresko can now offer junior, middle and senior management 360 degree feedback exercises for individuals or whole teams.  Give us a call if you want to find out more about undertaking this for your own developmental purposes (o7932 641313).

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  • Peggy Edwards says:

    Day before yesterday…. I chaired a very difficult workshop and we ‘debriefed’ afterwards (well we gave each other mutual support). The team feedback on my performance and I reflected how my response to challenges facing us had changed over the years. A much loved boss retired this week and he used to say when I got annoyed and wanted to get my opinion across I would silently vibrate in the chair trying to control my out burst. During the workshop I felt frustrated but my outward personna was calm and balanced, I was a bit proud of myself, perhaps this mentorship thing is working.

  • Aresko says:

    This is good news Peggy! I’m glad you feel this process is helping somewhat.

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