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Struggling with giving constructive feedback?

Who's in the Hot Seat?

Coaching Client: Carla, Editor-in-Chief of an online beauty publication

Coaching Challenge:

Carla has always prided herself on her ability to communicate effectively with her team, but she has recently noticed that she struggles to provide constructive feedback. She finds herself sugar-coating her critiques or avoiding them altogether, which is not helpful for her team's growth and development.

So, what did Carla do to improve her ability to give constructive feedback?

Key Strategies to Improve Providing Feedback

Carla came to coaching ready to try new ways with how she provides constructive feedback to her team. She believed that it would be the key difference for creating a high-performing team.

During coaching, Carla made the following changes:

1. She started being specific about what she wants to address. The vague feedback she was providing was confusing and unhelpful. Instead, she became clear about the behavior or performance that needed improvement and provided specific examples to illustrate her point.

2. Carla focused on the impact of the behavior or performance on the team or organization. By highlighting the consequences of the behavior or performance, Carla helped her team to understand the importance of making improvements.

3. She worked on her delivery. Carla provided feedback in a positive and constructive manner. Instead of focusing solely on the negative aspects of the behavior or performance, Carla highlighted the potential positive outcomes if improvements were made. Her communication transformed to being uplifting and motivating.

Learning from Carla's strategies, you can improve your ability to provide constructive feedback to your team. By being specific, focusing on the impact, and delivering feedback in a positive manner, you can help your team to grow and develop.

Why Constructive Feedback Is Important

Constructive feedback is crucial in helping individuals and teams grow and improve. Here are some reasons why:

Identifying blind spots: Constructive feedback can help individuals identify areas where they may not be performing as well as they think they are. It can help them understand their blind spots and work towards improving them.

Encouraging growth and development: When given in a constructive manner, feedback can be a powerful tool for encouraging growth and development. It can motivate individuals to work harder and strive for excellence.

Fostering communication: Feedback is a two-way conversation that can foster open communication between individuals and teams. It can help build trust, improve collaboration, and create a culture of continuous learning.

Improving performance: Constructive feedback can help individuals and teams identify areas for improvement and work towards achieving their goals. It can help them become more efficient, effective, and productive.

Retaining talent: By providing constructive feedback, leaders can demonstrate that they care about their team's growth and development. This can lead to increased job satisfaction and higher retention rates.