When you give constructive feedback, are you satisfied with the response you receive? For many people, the answer is no. This is a challenge, especially if you think the feedback was done well.
Here are clues to look for after offering constructive feedback:
- Do you see positive changes in the person’s behavior or tasks?
- Has your relationship improved?
- Does the person have a new negative attitude toward you?
You may be thinking, “What can I do if the person didn’t react well?”
I would have an open and real conversation about this. For example: “Seth, I don’t want to create any stress between us. I do want to continue growing our professional relationship. I was caught off guard when I heard sarcastic remarks because the constructive feedback was meant to help your career growth, not to be mean. Please let me know how we can move forward because I see a lot of potential having you grow within our company.” These comments may be too forward or not forward enough for you. We all communicate in a different style. My main goal when I work with others is to improve communication. We need to take risks in order to create change. Remember, you get what you tolerate!
So How About You?
What would you say to someone who didn’t react well to your constructive feedback? Where do you need to improve your communication skills?
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