By Morag Barrett - March 26, 2020
Attend any musical performance and feedback can be immediate, a broken string, an out of tune note, the performer knows it, the audience knows it. In the good-old-days when we were able to go outside (a.k.a. before Covid-19) I was up close and intimate with no less than 3 Stradivarii attending a chamber music concert performed by world class musicians. In the case of this performance my feedback was gushing, it was an amazing evening. However, I am sure that those musicians will still have reflected on the evening and provided feedback to each other, even before their rosin dust had settled. I hope that their feedback was as melodious as the music.
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. - Bob Marley
Here's the thing, feedback gets a bad rap, and let's be honest, none of us really like getting feedback. Even the 'wow that was amazing' feedback can leave us feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable. Feedback maybe a fact of life, but it doesn't have to hurt.
I was coaching a leadership team earlier this month in preparation for their company performance review process. Senior leaders with many year's experience who wanted to brush up their skills on feedback and coaching. Not just giving feedback, but also receiving feedback. Here are some of the key themes they shared:
It's a performance review not a performance reveal!
What advice do you have for others who are entering their Performance Review process or need to be able to give and receive feedback? Share your thoughts in the comments, I'd love to hear from you.