Understanding, Knowledge, Wisdom – these are a few things humans have aspired for, yearned for and toiled hard for to make things around them better, to be better.
Most of us look at successful people and the first thing we usually come up with is “I wish …”.
We fail to realise the amount of hard work, the time and sweat spent by the one who is successful in order to achieve what he has today. Success is a byproduct of knowledge one would say. Knowledge is a byproduct of learning. Learning involves feedback.
A lot of feedback.
Whenever we’re assigned a task, we work and toil to deliver the best output. However, as a great man once said. Everything can be made better if we all involve others.
You need to be open to learn from other’s experience, look forward to it and accept the insights they have to share. Working and including other’s insights would add to your own experience.
Feature this, a guy who has been in advertising for more than 10 years sharing his insights to your project may be that “edge” you were looking for. Add these 10 years of polished experience to your 1 year of hard work and learning, Volia! You just may have a masterpiece in your hands.
Accepting feedback is hard. Asking someone to critique your work which you spent hours or days completing is bound to make anyone weary.
Asking for feedback can be a steep hill to climb and as nerve wrenching as walking up to your crush and revealing your feelings. A few things that we can take into account if you find yourself fidgeting before stepping in for a feedback/ review.
- Be calm and keep a cool head. The one giving you feedback isn’t there to roast you alive. Managers want to watch you learn and succeed. Success begets Success after all.
- Go in with an open mind. Do not pre-plan situations which may or may not be. Step in with a smile and an open mind. Remember, its about adding to your project, your performance and your knowledge.
- Just Listen. The one sharing feedback may be your peer, your supervisor or the one person you just don’t gel with at work. Hear them out, as Linus Pauling said, the best way to get an idea is to have a lot of ideas! And you never know where they come in from.
- Ask questions. Be attentive and take notes so that you can work on the feedback, There may be a few pointers which may not ring a bell. For them, ask questions, take clarifications. A feedback is not your test to prove yourself, it’s an opportunity to improve yourself and your work.
- Mind your P’s and Q’s The golden rule of etiquette doesn’t let you down here either. Before stepping in think of it as a knowledge session, remember to thank the one who is sharing feedback. This will get your mind off the edge a bit as well.
Remember, giving feedback is a tough task as well. Your managers and supervisors are not there to nullify your efforts but to add to it. Managers want their subordinates to learn, grow and succeed and those who invest time and their knowledge to help you improve are seldom found.
In the end, it’s ok to make mistakes, as they say, to error is human, circle back and work on the feedback, keep and use what you like and think can improve your work.
As George Bernard Shaw rightly said, “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
Feedback begets learning. Learnings beget Knowledge. Knowledge begets Success!