You benefit from other people’s feedback, whether it comes from a customer, boss, coworker or employee. Often—especially if you are the boss—you will have to ask for feedback as people won’t be quick to share it.
Follow these tips to gain feedback from others that you can use to improve your performance:
- Change your mindset. If you are overly sensitive, no advice will seem like good advice. Perceive all feedback—even criticism—as a benefit and use it to become a better person.
- Understand your purpose. Do you want to improve a weakness or expand your skills, or simply learn how you are doing in a particular area? If you are looking only for validation and pats on the back, you likely won’t gain feedback you can use to make positive changes.
- Target the right people for feedback. Your best bud in the office may know you better than anyone else, but he or she might not have the expertise to guide you to improve. Seek out advice from mentors who have the type of career you aspire to.