Engagement Tip # 13 – Act On Feedback
January brings with it the promise of a new year,
Life is lived at warp speed today and it’s easy to spend all your energies in reaction mode, doing what needs to be done and forget about your most important goals. But at what cost? When you’re too busy living you lose yourself in the process. It's time to step back, reflect and plan more intentionally for what’s next. By taking stock you can:
- Look at what’s working well in your life and build on it.
- Identify what needs attention in different aspects of your life.
- Understand what values and principles guide your life and work.
- Understand the challenges that keep getting the way.
- Learn to draw on your inner strengths and wisdom.
This month give yourself the gift of time and take stock of your life to see what emerges. You’ll amaze yourself with all that you’ve accomplished and what’s working well. You’ll gain clarity on what you need to pay more attention to. These exercises will give you a great start on creating goals that are important to you now.
Dianne is a business and life coach and author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit www.inkiesta.com
When leaders ask employees for feedback,
- Take time to absorb the feedback, even if it’s hard to hear. Consider how this feedback fits within the context of your team and organization and how it can be addressed. More often than not, there is something you can do.
- Express gratitude for the feedback and make a commitment that you will take action. Be candid about what feedback is actionable and what feedback cannot be addressed due to decisions that have been made or policies that cannot be changed.
- Ask for clarification and find out what’s at the core of the issue. Involve employees in finding solutions. Admitting that you need their help will strengthen the bonds and employees will feel they’ve been heard. Then take action.