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From Dread to Delight: Making Feedback Work for You

From Dread to Delight: Making Feedback Work for You | Flourish Careers Podcast


We all know the importance of feedback in career development, but does the word “feedback” cause an adverse emotional reaction for you (or is it just me?) 😬

What if we tried shifting our focus from dwelling on what went “wrong” to thinking about how we can improve? That small shift could make a real difference.

In today’s episode, I talk through the three types of feedback: 

🗣️ Appreciation
🗣️ Coaching
🗣️ Evaluation

PLUS, I’ll share three open-ended questions you can use today to ask for feedback. 

The bottom line: Feedback seeks to improve performance, which is invaluable for career growth when received with humility and analyzed effectively.

Key Takeaways From Today’s Episode

I realize “feedback” can be a source of anxiety, although when provided with intention, it can help recognize blind spots and achieve success.

Let’s start by breaking down the three types of feedback: 
+ Appreciation: Connects and motivates us
+ Coaching: Helps us learn and expand our knowledge, skills, and capabilities
+ Evaluation: Assesses our skills and abilities against a set of standards

As a former HR leader, I’ve learned firsthand the importance of giving feedback with intention. 

Here are my guidelines for giving feedback:

  • Examine your intentions.
  • Lead with questions.
  • Maintain the person’s self-esteem.
  • Be specific.
  • Focus on performance.
  • Suggest alternatives.
  • Provide feedback within 24 hours.
  • End on a positive note.

When receiving feedback: 

  • Listen carefully.
  • Ask for specific examples.
  • Avoid defensiveness or blame.
  • Use what works for you. 
  • Thank the person for the feedback. 

Feedback can take your career to the next level when you remain open to accepting valuable information. 

As Stephen Covey said:
“It takes humility to seek feedback. It takes wisdom to understand it, analyze it, and appropriately act on it.”

Resources mentioned in this episode:
Free Gift: Guidelines for Giving & Receiving Feedback 
HEART-based Careers + Job Searching: How To Break The Rules (And Why You Should): 
Part 1 
Part 2

Guidelines for Giving & Receiving Feedback
As a former HR leader, I’ve learned firsthand that giving and receiving feedback is a game-changer for amplifying your career—when done correctly and with the right intentions. 

Use this guide to help you intentionally provide feedback and eloquently receive feedback.


Want more career wisdom? Check out these podcast episodes/blog posts!
Courageous Confidence: Secrets for Strengthening Your Self-Assurance
The Quiet Conqueror: Strategies Introverts Use To Flourish In Corporate Environments
Skill Up: Navigating the Future of Work

For more insider stories, quick tips, and #CareerTalk, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram @flourish.careers.

June 7, 2023

From Dread to Delight: Making Feedback Work for You

From Dread to Delight: Making Feedback Work for You

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