Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What Is Holding You Back?

Feedback comes in many forms.  Learn to recognize it, ask for it, and use it to improve and stay motivated and focused.  Think carefully before you act when you feel you have been criticized.  Was the feedback accurate?  How can you use it constructively?

Do you want to learn and grow?  What do you want to achieve?  Share your goals with others and ask them for their help.

Giving feedback can be even more difficult than receiving it.  Do you put off conversations about a team member's performance?  Do you avoid giving feedback to a coworker or a friend because it may lead to conflict or hurt feelings?  Figure out what is holding you back.

When giving feedback, put the other person first. Think about his or her goals. How can you help make those goals a reality?  Be sensitive.  Be sincere.  Be respectful.  Put yourself in the other's shoes.  Take time to think about what you will say and how you will say it.  State the facts and don't judge.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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