February 14, 2021

Desire to hear


We hold the power to put our thoughts out there and we take advantage of our position. When we want to tell people what we think, we make opportunities. Sometimes in private, taking them aside for one on one time, sometimes in a meeting when something somehow is slipping off track or worthy of praise. Then there’s the annual review for ritualised feedback.

If we’re good at it, the good is recognised and improved and the bad gets attention and an up tick.

Problem is, others have fewer or no opportunity to give us feedback and are naturally reticent anyway, fearful of bruising an ego or stepping on toes.

If you really care about progress, pushing forward and making the best possible decision, you need feedback, and that means asking, with humility and an obvious desire to hear.

Skippy strategy: Create the environment and opportunity to hear honest feedback.