Honest Feedback

Want to know what someone thinks of your work? Ask them and let them know you need total honesty.

But here’s the most important thing about honest feedback: if you want to continue to get it, learn how to accept it. Here are a few reminders when receiving honest feedback that might be more constructive criticism, less praise.

  1. Take a deep breath and avoid that first emotional reaction.
  2. Remember why you asked for it in the first place: to drive improvement.
  3. Say thank you. Feedback is a gift, and we appreciate gifts.
  4. Listen to understand, don’t listen to respond.
  5. Ask questions only if you truly don’t understand the feedback. Don’t ask questions to prove a point.
  6. Avoid justifications. Avoid clarifications unless totally necessary.
  7. USE THE FEEDBACK (or stop asking for it).