Receiving feedforward is one of the most effective ways to grow and increase performance. But sometimes we experience barriers in giving feedback because we’re scared to hurt each others feelings. You can help others overcome this barrier by actively asking them to give you feedforward. But how do you make sure you receive usefull and honest feedforward? These tips can help you accomplish it:
- Indicate that you’re looking to receive honest feedback and invite the other to really be critical. This way you lower the barrier and invite others to contribute to your growth.
- Be as specific as you can. Ask specific questions and refer to specific situations. For example: “How could I have written this report more clearly?” or “How could I have led this mornings meeting more efficiently?”.
- Focus on the future and make sure you ask for feedforward: don’t ask what you did wrong in the past, but what you can improve in the future. This way you engage in a positive conversation and you receive concrete tips on how to improve.
- Write the feedfoward down when you receive it. This has two benefits: you show the other that you take their feedforward seriously, and you give them time to elaborate. Because you give them some extra time to think, people tend to come up with the best feedforward during this ‘extra time’.
- Ask for feedforward on the spot. Right on the moment when it’s relevant. Your brain prefers to receive feedforward directly so it’s more effective.
- It might seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning: find a quiet spot or take a walk. It allows you both to speak freely, which improves communication.
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