This year, I have already helped many employees and managers across a wide variety of national and international programs to develop their ‘feedback’ competencies. In my workshops I not only teach techniques, methods and feedback rules, but I also encourage participants to self-reflect, thereby empowering them to hone their own inner attitude towards feedback.
Feedback: a topic close to my heartIn my own leadership career, very quickly established itself as a highly effective tool, which has enabled me to develop positively time and time again. In addition, regular and, above all, genuine feedback within my teams has helped to promote cohesion and has continuously strengthened team cultures. This is because appreciative and growth-promoting feedback creates a deeper level of understanding between team members. In short: feedback has become a topic very close to my heart and as a coach und trainer it still gives me great pleasure to observe how even critical feedback can become a wonderful gift for someone. Especially when a trustful relationship is the basis and employees in an organization learn to convey their feedback messages with a benevolent, appreciative attitude.
Feedback: a source for reflectionWhen people want to change and develop, an honest and critical look in the mirror is usually essential. And this is exactly what happens when another person reflects back to us in the form of feedback the effect that our behavior is having on them. This can of course initially trigger inner resistance or be painful.
But if we allow feedback to become our source for reflection, reflection itself can initiate development!However, we need to take an honest look in the mirror not only when we receive feedback from others, but especially when we give feedback to someone else. And ideally, we should reflect before we give feedback. Why is this important? Because we should not forget that giving feedback to other people often has more to do with US than with the OTHER person. And this is where our own personal perception filters come into play.