The Bible says humility comes before honor. It takes a humble person to seek out and welcome constructive feedback. But that's exactly what one must do to accelerate their growth. Are you open to constructive feedback? Do you seek it? And most importantly, do you take it to heart and commit to learning from it? Look at what some really successful people say about constructive feedback:
“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” – Bill Gates
“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” – Ken Blanchard
“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.” – Elon Musk
“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” – Winston Churchill
Make it a goal of yours to be hungry from constructive feedback - seek it, receive it, process it, and finally and apply it.
But in addition to seeking, receiving, processing and applying constructive feedback for ourselves, we my learn how to provide it effectively to others. Here are 7 essentials for providing effective constructive feedback:
1. The feedback provider must be credible in the eyes of the feedback recipient
2. The feedback provider must be trusted in the eyes of the feedback recipient
3. The feedback must be conveyed with good intentions
4. The timing and circumstances for giving the feedback must be appropriate
5. The feedback must be given in an interactive manner
6. The feedback message must be clear
7. The feedback must be useful to the feedback recipient
As leaders, we need to become comfortable seeking and giving honest feedback if we're going to be an organization that practices continual improvement.