Even if you're not a manager, working as part of a team requires you to give and receive feedback. And while it's always difficult to receive negative feedback, it's even more difficult to give it, especially when it comes to something creative. As someone who's received a lot of feedback (and given quite a few tidbits myself), here's some tips for approaching your next interaction. >>
When we ask questions, we expect those answers to tell us the problem. Even if we ask the right questions, people can introduce problems into the data. Behavior can reveal more than words. Rather than ask them what they think or feel, sometimes, we need to experiment to know what's important.
This is part of a series of reflections inspired by my courses at HBX, an online business school cohort powered by Harvard Business School. With Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting, I'm learning the fundamentals of business. Find the whole series here.
Our actions change the world around us. Like the metaphorical butterfly flapping its wings, every step we take, decision we make, actively makes a change. This includes the choice we make every day to be present...or to let the world slide by.
This isn't easy.