Junior and Senior Employees

Timing Feedback for Junior Employees

Early in my career, I had four consecutive bosses comment, “I need another Michael.” I took that as a real compliment and very much appreciated it; however, my one complaint—especially with the first boss to say it—was regarding the timing. In that particular case, I was a research assistant to a professor in my second year of grad school. The year was almost over, and I was about to graduate with my master’s degree in information science. The professor made this comment to the department secretary who would be helping him find a new research assistant for the next year. […]

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How to Explore, Share, and Act on Feedback – Part 3

Act on Feedback We have discussed how to explore and share feedback. Now it is time to act on the feedback. In Part 2 of this article, we discussed sharing your feedback with others. The act of sharing is the first step in acting on the results; however, it is not enough to make a meaningful difference. Others, particularly those who gave you feedback and those with whom you shared your results, should also see some change and growth in you. That doesn’t necessarily happen overnight. The fact that you met with somebody and discussed your results is a win […]

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How to Explore, Share, and Act on Feedback – Part 2

Exploring Leads to Sharing In Part 1 of this article, which focused on exploring feedback, we provided some tips about how to get comfortable with the feedback and not be too defensive. As you explore and learn about your feedback, it will naturally lead you toward sharing the results with others. Whom should you share your results with and how should you do it? Whom Should You Share Your Results with? Whom you should share your results with will vary somewhat from person to person; however, there are questions you can ask yourself to help you make that determination. Just be […]

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How to Explore, Share, and Act on Feedback – Part 1

My mom recently told me something that my siblings and I did during a very difficult time in her life that apparently left more of an impression on her than it did me. She was in her room, and the five of us kids walked in together, lined up from the oldest, who was about 15 years old, to the youngest, who was 9. My mom looked at us all, wondering what was going on. My sister, who was the oldest, spoke, “Mom, we’ve been talking, and we’ve decided that you need to go for a walk.” This wasn’t exactly […]

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Six Guiding Principles for Receiving Feedback

A lot of attention is given on how to provide feedback to other people, but less attention is given to how we should receive the feedback to help us improve. The following are six guiding principles that can help us receive feedback given to us. These principles can be applied to most situations in which you receive feedback. Use this as an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to accept and act on feedback by sharing with others. Don’t take it personally, make it useful. Keep in mind your current responsibilities and career objectives as you consider what feedback matters most. […]

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Why Does Feedback Matter?

Ignorance Is Not Bliss Have you ever looked in the mirror and discovered a little piece of spinach stuck in your teeth and then thought, “Has that been there since lunch? I’ve been talking to people all afternoon. Why didn’t anybody tell me about it?” If somebody had told you earlier that there was spinach in your teeth, it would have been an embarrassing moment; however, it would have been less painful than the thought that the spinach had been there during all of your conversations and meetings. Ultimately you would be grateful that the person cared enough to let […]

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