|One way of giving feedback.|
Each of us can think of a time when someone criticized us in a bad way: general criticism, combative and aggressive. This is feedback done wrong. Instead, wouldn't it have been nice to receive criticism delivered in a friendly, supportive way, specially packaged to motivate us? Well, if we want to get feedback in the optimal way, perhaps we should lead by example, eh?
Task: Practice giving feedback.
Info: Each of us has some expertise, some area where we excel. Today, look for someone doing something you think you're pretty good at and, when you see some room for improvement, give some friendly feedback. The goal is to deliver the advice in a way that is totally non-confrontational. In fact, it should come across as downright helpful. So, empathize to the max, and think of a way to deliver the feedback in a way that will be most helpful to your colleague. If you evoke defensiveness, you failed!
Goal: Your target happily incorporates your suggestion.
Congrats! We've completed the Week of Feedback! Now, give me some feedback: post your thoughts about the week in the comments... Thanks :)