Our reader poll today asks: How receptive are you to “constructive” feedback that you disagree with?
- Very: It helps me learn about my blind spots 38.37%
- Somewhat: I don’t like it and resist but do pay attention to it 54.22%
- Not very: I push back on it and only listen when it’s a strong message 5.62%
- Not at all: everyone has an opinion. Doesn’t mean I have to listen to it 1.79%
Feedback can be tough, but you listen. 92% of you report being open to feedback and acting on it. That’s tremendous. As uncomfortable as it might be to receive it, it can be even harder to deliver it. You owe it to the other person to at least listen and consider their position and, fortunately, the vast majority of you do. To make receiving feedback easier, ask the feedback provider to explain the behaviors they see that they want changed. Ask for observable instances of those behaviors. By doing so, you’re taking some of the emotion out of the conversation and making it about your behavior versus about you as a person. Those approaches should make it a bit easier to listen to and act on the feedback you’re being provided. If you’re in the 8% who aren’t receptive to feedback, here’s some feedback – consider your position and what insights you’re walking away from. Those might be great opportunities to improve your performance and your relationships with others.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.