Getting feedback is an important way to improve performance at work. But sometimes, it can be hard to seek out, and even harder to hear.
“Feedback is all around you. Your job is to find it, both through asking directly and observing it,” says David L. Van Rooy, author of the new book, Trajectory: 7 Career Strategies to Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.
As today's guest post, Van Rooy offers these six tips for how to get the feedback you need to improve performance at work. Guest Post By David L. Van Rooy
1. Don’t forget to ask: One of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming things are going perfectly (until they make a catastrophic mistake). By not asking, you’re missing out on opportunities for deep feedback: the difficult, critical feedback that gives you constructive ways to improve.
2. Make sure you listen: Remember, getting feedback is about improving your performance, not turning it into a “you versus them” mentality. Your reaction is cri…
The new book, Say What You Mean, by Oren Jay Sofer, couldn’t have come at a
better time. Because 2018 was a year filled with communication challenges for
so many people.Often, those
conversations were ineffective and unhealthy, causing frustration, conflict and
distress. Published toward the end of 2018,
Sofer’s book teaches you how to find your voice, speak your truth and listen
deeply. Most important, via the book, Sofer
provides us the skill necessary to transform communication into a vehicle for
greater intimacy, honesty, and compassion to bring us to greater equity and
peace. And, that’s why, Say What You Mean, is my pick for Best New Leadership Book for 2018. The overarching framework for the book
is taking three steps to create effective conversation: Lead with presence – show up and be
fully in the moment.Come from curiosity and care – rooted in
the foundation of our intention.Focus on what matters – honing our
attention and training our mind’s capacity to discern what’s essential …
You can't lead if your employees, team or followers don't trust you.
Building trust takes energy, effort and constant attention to how you act.
To help build trust, follow these 16 tips, recommended by author Susan H. Shearouse: Be honestKeep commitments and keep your wordAvoid surprisesBe consistent with your moodBe your bestDemonstrate respectListenCommunicateSpeak with a positive intentAdmit mistakesBe willing to hear feedbackMaintain confidencesGet to know othersPractice empathySeek input from othersSay "thank you"