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You can’t handle the feedback 

April 6, 2016

Feedback is a hard pill to swallow for some people. It can be situational. And specific. Meaning people can accept it in certain situations but otherwise receive it negatively, no matter the intention.

There’s power in being open and vulnerable. In acknowledging that hey, I gave this a shot, but other people can see things I don’t. Outside perspectives are valuable.

Giving and receiving kind and supportive, yet critical feedback was, for me, a highlight of altMBA. It’s an integral part of the project cycle.

Even when I thought I’d really nailed a project, feedback I received would open my eyes to something I’d missed or dismissed.

Truly critical  feedback challenged me, pushed me outside of my typical. I pushed myself to to give input that would do the same to others. I aimed to offer thoughts as generous as was the input I received.

So focused on empathy, my first response is supportive and encouraging. But the goal was to be that, plus so much more. Sometimes it was a reach for me.

This cycle of feedback is an immediate takeaway that I am offering in my professional life today. And I will ask for it in return.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2016 04:43

    Honest, constructive feedback, when given kindly, is one of the greatest gifts you can give someone as it creates the possibility for growth and self improvement.


    • April 9, 2016 09:39

      Agreed! In the right kind of environment, it’s great fun to provide in a thoughtful and kind manner.


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