Feedback is an essential ingredient to propelling you forward in your career. I’m in the first few years of mine, and feedback, both positive and negative, is proving its value every day. No matter your age, level of experience or role in a company, feedback should be woven throughout your professional development. With that being said, here are three principles of seeking feedback I practice:
Ask and you shall receive! The best way to show you are eager to improve as a professional and a team member is to ask for feedback on your performance. Whether you’re asking your boss or a colleague who worked on a project with you, take the initiative and just ask!
Experience and advice do not present themselves without a little searching first. You have to be the one to go out and seek advice from your colleagues, or even better, a mentor. Everyone has experienced different challenges, so why not learn from someone else’s mistakes or successes? Many professional industry groups offer mentor programs. If you can’t find one, just ask a professional you admire. If you make the relationship easy by suggesting a process, the mentor-to-be will most likely be more than happy to share feedback, stories and experiences.
If you want feedback yourself, you have to be willing to give it, too. Whether positive or negative, be honest with your team. That means praising when it’s earned and communicating issues when it’s appropriate. Giving feedback will create an environment of open communication and encourage others to give feedback as well.
What are some ways you incorporate feedback into your professional development? Let us know by commenting below!