Today’s guest post is from Jodi Glickman, President & Founder of Great On The Job.
Do you have a pretty good idea of what people think of your work? Are you the type of person who knows where you stand with colleagues? It takes a lot of self-awareness to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses; it takes even more work to know what others think of you.
The best way to find out what people think of you and your work is to ask them. Soliciting periodic feedback from others, versus waiting for a year-end review or assuming all is well because you haven’t heard otherwise, takes real courage—you have to be willing to hear what others say. But if you can muster the strength, feedback can be a great tool to make you better you better at your job
Here’s the catch: in order to get meaningful feedback, you have to plant a seed in advance. Cornering your colleague after a meeting or casually dropping a “Hey Steven, how do you think I just did with the client?” is a recipe for disaster. What do you possibly think Steven is going to say to you?
Most people struggle to deliver bad news. I certainly do. If I’m caught off guard or unprepared for a conversation, there’s a good chance I’ll punt and give you a pat on the back just to avoid an uncomfortable conversation.
If you want to know what I really think, give me a heads up. I can give real and meaningful feedback if I have time to prepare my thoughts and craft a message that is both honest and constructive. I don’t like to tell you you’re not doing a good job if I can’t tell you how to improve—it’s not fair.
Hey Jodi, I’d love your thoughts on how I’m doing managing the Ralston account, could we schedule some time in the next few weeks to sit down and get your thoughts? Ask me that question and I’ll be far more receptive to the conversation than to the spontaneous one that feels suspiciously casual and canned….