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Feedback 101: What to Do and What Not to Do

Jul 11, 2023

Giving feedback can be a tricky business. One wrong move and you can easily destroy someone's confidence or damage a relationship. But on the flip side, when done right, feedback can be an incredibly powerful tool for helping others grow and develop. So, what's the secret to giving feedback that fosters growth and strengthens relationships? The answer lies in the dos and don'ts of feedback.

 

First things first, let's start with the don'ts. It's important to avoid criticism that is overly negative, vague, or personal. Instead, focus on specific behaviors or actions that can be improved upon. Avoid feedback that is delivered in a confrontational manner or in public, instead opt for private one-on-one conversations. And finally, steer clear of feedback that lacks empathy or understanding of the recipient's perspective.

 

Now, on to the dos. Encourage open and honest communication by creating a safe and supportive environment. Focus on the positive, highlighting strengths and accomplishments while offering constructive feedback. Be specific and provide examples to illustrate your point. And finally, always approach feedback with empathy and a genuine desire to help the recipient grow and develop.

 

Giving feedback can feel like walking on a tightrope, but as demonstrated through this blog post, it all comes down to remembering the do's and avoid the don'ts.

 

With clarity, consistency and respect in mind, you'll build strong relationships with your team and your employees will gain more confidence.

 

So why not take one more step and use The Ultimate Manager’s Launch Pad to make sure you always give the right kind of feedback? Your team will thank you for it! Check yourself before delivering any critical reviews and see how quickly your team’s performance levels increase. Smash those KPIs. Power up morale. Let’s get results! 

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