What You Don't Know About
Getting the feedback you need
High performance leaders help people identify what they don't know
about themselves so they can choose wisely.
We all have things that we don't know about ourselves - things that we
do or say that may not be contributing to our goals. High performance
leaders take the courage and compassion needed to share that feedback
with their team members and peers.
What we don't know about ourselves can damage our performance and
relationships. Think of some people that you've known who seem to make
the same mistakes over and over, or who repeatedly exhibit
Maybe they have an anger problem. Maybe they forget to gain consensus.
Maybe they bulldoze their way thru a decision without gaining any
support. There are hundreds of things we do each day that could get in
the way of our success.
If you notice these "blind spots" in other people, isn't it likely that
you have a few of your own?
High performance leaders encourage other people to reveal their blind
spots. Asking others to let you know what you've been missing about
yourself encourages them to give you the feedback you need to raise
your own performance. It also deepens your relationship and makes it
easier to share the same type of feedback with others.
While we can choose to reveal as much about ourselves as we know, it is
also useful to face the fact that there are some things we just don't
know. Other people can help us with that.
Who can you share this valuable type of feedback with today?
What is it about your own performance that might be getting in the way?
Keep in mind that there may be some feedback that is tough for you to
hear. Be sure to take your time and thank the other person for the
feedback. Getting defensive will not help you here. Get quiet and
thoughtful, and take your feedback for the gift that it is.
- Douglas Brent Smith
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