Your challenge this past week: give real feedback. Not just hint at a problem.
Did you take an opportunity to do this? What did or didn’t work?
Feedback is an odd thing, because we often give it without realizing. My daughter recently shared an experience with me of a confrontation with a professor who in her words, “Just hates me”. Upon going into his office and expressing her concerns, the professor said, “I don’t hate you. In fact I really enjoy having you in class. I’m just not someone who comes off as liking people. So don’t take it personally.”
The feedback she received from this professor was all non-verbal, and convinced her that he must hate her. Over reaction? Maybe, but that was her reality.
That being said, we often have no idea what kind of signals our feedback, or lack of it, is giving to people… the reality we are giving them. It’s vital that you understand, that as a leader, feedback is the way you set the tone for improvement and the way you open up the gateway for people to give feedback to you. When it comes to feedback, how it’s given and how frequent, you set the standard for your team.
Have a great weekend!