Those of you who read my last week’s post may remember that the title was “Feedback – How Receptive Are You?” You may have also noticed that my “reflection questions” at the end of the post ALL related to GIVING feedback to others.
Truth is, this “disconnect” was not intentional on my part! It seems to reflect MY OWN BIAS toward focusing on “improving other people’s habits” more often than examining my own!
Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. Mark Twain
I need to remember this quote when I’m quick to focus on how others need to reform THEIR habits.
Reflections on Receiving Feedback from Others
Now that I’ve confessed to my own tendencies, here are this week’s questions for RECEIVING feedback from others:
- How would you rate yourself (on a 5-point scale) on how well you receive feedback about changing your behavior(s)?
- What would you do if you realize that you pushed back about feedback earlier in the day, denying what a peer was trying to tell you?
- What would you do if you realize that you were too defensive during a recent Performance Review discussion?
- Do you agree with Mark Twain’s observation that it is easier to notice other people’s flaws than it is to see our own?