How well are you facilitating the development of your team? Ironically, your people want constructive feedback more than you are prepared to give it!
A recent global study found people wanted corrective feedback, more than praise, if it was provided in a constructive manner. 72% said their performance would improve if their manager provided corrective feedback.
Why don’t we give feedback?
- Don’t have time. There is always more to do in a day than time in which to do it. It’s easy to put off a potentially uncomfortable interaction on the basis of being too busy.
- Don’t know how it will be received. We worry we will offend or upset the person and perhaps damage the relationship.
- Don’t have the skills. The ability to give feedback is one that must be cultivated in addition to job-specific technical skills.
As a junior in an organisation, success is about growing yourself. As a leader, success is about growing others.
Perhaps, until now, you had not realised the value of constructive feedback. Perhaps it’s hard to believe that what is so clear to us – as an observer – can be unknown to others!
What action could you take today to give and invite developmental feedback? What action will you take today?
Have an Extraordinary day.
 Zenger, J. & Folkman, J. (2014, January 15,) Harvard Business Review: Your Employees Want the Negative Feedback you Hate to Give. The authors surveyed 899 individuals globally about their relationship to feedback.