Accepting Feedback: Directly Propositional to Success
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…
- 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.