Feedback. It is a wonderful thing. Whether positive or negative, as long as it is constructive, you can learn and grow from it. Imagine if everyone was honest and high integrity with those around us. I’m thinking about business relationships specifically, however this certainly pertains to our lives in general.
When something happens in business around you, and you would like to let someone know your perception of what happened, a great opening line to them would be, “Can I give you some feedback?” This way, they have the opportunity to say no or to actually be in the frame of mind to receive it. For some reason, this question has been ingrained in my mind for many years – I believe it is a gift because often we can just blurt out our opinion and many times it is not asked for.
Next time you want to shout your opinion out – just try my suggestion and ASK first if you can offfer your feedback. See how it goes.
When it comes to us receiving feedback, consider the best part about it is getting honest, direct information. Feedback, also known as someone’s opinion, is a gift. It is THEIR perception of what happened. When you couple that with your perception, as well as others’ input, you can get a pretty clear idea of a situation. The minute you think about others’ opinions as a gift and not as something to be defensive about – you begin a journey of learning and insight. Once you think you know it all, and don’t value others’ perceptions – you stop growing. So, how about some feedback?
What is the best feedback you’ve ever received, which helped shape who you are?