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Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: The Sweet Art of Providing Constructive Feedback

Jul 11, 2023

Let's face it, feedback can be a tricky business. It's a delicate balance between giving honest critiques to help someone improve and maintaining their confidence. And let's be real, nobody wants to be the person who crushes their team member's spirit with a negative remark. So, how do we find that sweet spot between constructive criticism and confidence boosting?


First and foremost, approach feedback with a growth mindset. Feedback is an opportunity for growth, both for the person receiving it and the person giving it. And when you approach it with that in mind, it takes on a whole new dynamic.


Next, focus on the behavior, not the person. Instead of saying, "you're doing it wrong," try saying, "the way you approached the task could have been improved with X." This shift in language makes all the difference in how the feedback is received.


And lastly, always end on a positive note. Acknowledge their strengths, express confidence in their abilities, and provide specific suggestions for improvement. This way, they leave the feedback session feeling motivated and empowered, instead of defeated.


Closing out this email let us all aim to be skilled and confident feedback givers. Our team dynamics rely on it! With any luck, we’ll all help everyone stay motivated and perform to the best of their abilities.


But if you need any help brushing up your feedback giving skillset, grab The Ultimate Manager’s Launch Pad for templates to help guide you through those tricky conversations. It’s chock full of the strategies needed to be an ultimate leader, so don’t miss out on the chance to take your management style to the next level. Who knows – your team members may learn something from it too! So until next time, happy feedback giving everyone!

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