Share the truth ...
Yesterday I was out for a winner dinner and after I already finished my starter salad the waiter showed up and asked if everything is fine. I said it is okay, but would be even better after serving the drinks we ordered 10 minutes ago. Sounded a little bit harsh, but was the direct answer to a question that gets asked too often without expecting any feedback. If you are not interested in feedback, don't ask for it.
FEEDBACK = "the transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action, event, or process to the original or controlling source", https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feedback
Today I had a lunch appointment with a colleague, but missed it, because another meeting did go much longer than expected. When I met him afterwards he justed asked if everything is fine with me, as we could not meet as initially planned. What a nice way of giving feedback? As a result I will change the color code for lunch meetings in my calendar and add a more descriptive text. So I learned something out of the offered feedback right away 🙂.
When you ask for feedback, be open to receive it and appreciate the helping hand offered, even when the message might be a little bit harsh for you. When you are "perfect" and do not need any further input anymore, do not ask for it just to be nice 😉.
Leaders cannot work in a vacuum. They may take on larger, seemingly more important roles in an organization, but this does not exclude them from asking for and using feedback. In fact, a leader arguably needs feedback more so than anyone else. It's what helps a leader respond appropriately to events in pursuit of successful outcomes. -- Jack Canfield, American - Author Born: August 19, 1944
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