Feedback, Not Feel Good

Many times in life we are presented with an opportunity to give or receive feedback. Today I am reminded of words I heard come out of my mouth many moons ago when speaking to a boss who regularly told me I was doing a good job. That is, I needed feedback, not feel good.

Don’t get me wrong, acknowledgement for a job well done is important and needed. However, more often than not, we provide the feel good without the feedback, and THAT is a complete disservice to our co-workers, direct reports, children, spouses — everyone.

What keeps you from providing feedback? Fear? Conflict avoidance? Not knowing how to put your thoughts into words that can be heard and/or received?


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