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  • The Truth Hurts: Getting The Feedback You Need

    Getting feedback from managers is often one of the most effective ways to improve your work performance and improve your ability to deliver top-quality value. Feedback is how we learn.

    Do you know anyone who enjoys getting performance reviews? Even when things are going well, these can be stressful events. No one really likes to be analyzed under a microscope, having all their last 6 months (or whatevever length of time there is between reviews)  of work open to criticism.

    Getting feedback from managers is often one of the most effective ways to improve your work performance and improve your ability to deliver top-quality value.

    Joelle K. Jay wrote a terrific article on this very topic. She goes beyond the formal performance review, looking at all kinds of workplace feedback.

    “Feedback is how we learn,” she says. 

    “Without feedback and reflection, you have no way to know how you’re doing. You don’t know what others think of you or how you might be holding yourself back. What you don’t know can hurt you. A lack of self-knowledge can limit your opportunities and even stall your career.

    On the other hand, when you seek feedback, you open yourself up to reflection. You become much more thoughtful about what you’re doing and why, how you can improve, how you can maximize your efforts and get better, more predictable results.”

    She goes on to give specific ways in which feedback can help you move speedily along your career path and ten dos and don’ts to help you make the most of the feedback you receive.

    If you have any ambitions of moving upward in your organization, or you just want to continually get better at what you do, I highly recommend that you read this article.

    Donnie Bryant
    Content Director
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals
    dbu@donnie-bryant.com
    http://twitter.com/Upstart__Nation

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    About the Author: Donnie Bryant is a direct response copywriter and marketing consultant. He specializes in improving businesses' sales and profitability by creating compelling marketing messages and strategies. Find out more about Donnie at http://donnie-bryant.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @donniebryant and connect with him on Google Plus at +donniebryant.

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