How To Thrive On Criticism

coaching communication personal development resilience Jan 04, 2024

Feedback is a vital tool for personal and professional development. However, many individuals struggle with receiving feedback effectively, which can hinder their growth and hinder collaborative efforts within teams and organizations. We will explore the challenges associated with receiving feedback and provide practical tips to help you become adept at embracing feedback as a catalyst for personal growth.

Receiving feedback can be challenging due to the inherent tension between the need to learn and grow and the need to be accepted as we are. Even well-intentioned feedback can trigger negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, or defensiveness. Factors such as veracity, affinity, and identity influence our reactions to feedback.

  1. Veracity: Veracity focuses on the judgment of whether the feedback holds merit or is true. We tend to judge ourselves by our intent but judge others by their behavior. Recognizing the perception of the feedback recipient is essential, as it may differ from our initial intent.
  2. Affinity: Affinity refers to the correlation between the weight given to feedback based on the relationship with the feedback provider. Feedback from individuals with whom we have a close working relationship is often valued more than feedback from those with whom we have limited interaction.
  3. Identity: Identity centers around perceiving feedback as representative of who we are. This factor can trigger defensiveness or overwhelm in the short term, but it also prompts us to re-evaluate ourselves and the feedback in the long term.

Practical Tips for Receiving Feedback:

  1. Recognize your behavioral tendencies: Understanding how you typically react to feedback empowers you to make better choices. Are you defensive, argumentative, or sensitive? Recognizing your patterns helps you approach feedback with a growth mindset.
  2. Separate the message from the messenger: Feedback should not depend on who delivers it. By separating feedback from personal biases, you can focus on the actual message and make positive changes. Challenge yourself to consider feedback from all sources, regardless of their position or frequency of interaction.
  3. Embrace coaching feedback: Feedback can come in two forms: evaluation and coaching. While both are important, prioritizing coaching feedback allows for growth and higher performance. By embracing coaching feedback, you open yourself up to continuous improvement.
  4. Be proactive and ask for specific feedback: Instead of asking for general feedback, target specific areas for improvement. Ask others to provide feedback on a recent interaction or task and request one thing you could improve upon. Specific feedback enables you to take focused and actionable steps towards growth.
  5. Embrace curiosity and experimentation: Treat feedback as an opportunity for learning and experimentation. Test out suggested changes and observe the impact they have on your relationships and work. Be open to trying new approaches and adapting your behavior to achieve better results.

Receiving feedback effectively is a skill that can lead to personal growth and improved performance. By understanding the challenges associated with feedback and implementing practical strategies, you can navigate feedback with a growth mindset. Embrace feedback as a catalyst for growth, seek out advice and coaching, and take control of your own development.



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