constructive feedback

Feedback: When a swift kick in the head is a good thing

Consultants around the globe have made mountains of money teaching people how to appropriately deliver negative feedback message.  Ooops… I mean constructive feedback messages.  I don’t think we’re allowed to use the word negative anymore in case it bruises somebody’s self-esteem.  Recently, though I was reflecting on some of the most effective feedback messages that …

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Forget Feedback, Try Feed Forward

Even though I know it’s good for me, I still find “constructive” feedback difficult.  Like many type-A’s, I’m so highly self-critical that hearing things from other people about what I’m not doing well makes me want to shout “yeah, well you try living in this head!”  Good thing my husband’s a therapist.  Anyway, lately, I’ve been …

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Fast Friday with Diane Sawyer, Journalist

One of the things that I’ve personally always struggled with as a manager is giving negative feedback.  Not “constructive” feedback, but truly negative “you’ve really f*@!#d up” feedback.  Partly because I just wish people would do what they’re supposed to do (why can’t everyone just read my mind??), partly because I have a need to …

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