In order to effectively receive feedback, a person has to be ready to understand that they may hear critiques that they do not want to hear. If an individual is not ready to constructively receive feedback, then the feedback he does receive will not be effective.
Just because one person views another individual in a particular way does not mean that the rest of world views that person in the same way, but it is a good way for an individual to find out what others think of him/her that is not known.
An individual is ready to receive feedback when:
• he/she wants to know him as others see him and he is clear that this is their perception, not necessarily what is true about you inside.
• trusts his co-workers to care enough about his development to risk hearing their opinion. has a place outside work where you can talk it through.
• has opportunities for additional feedback so he gets validation of the changes he has made.
Tips for receiving feedback
There are several tips that an individual can use when receiving feedback. These include:
• Try to show your appreciation to the person providing the feedback. They will feel encouraged and believe it or not, you do want to encourage feedback.
• Focusing on understanding the feedback by questioning and restating usually defuses any feelings you have of hostility or anger.
• If you really disagree, are angry or upset, and want to dissuade the other person of their opinion, wait until your emotions are under control to reopen the discussion
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