It seems like so many times we only think about feedback when we need to have a hard conversation with someone.
We gather the facts and then “say what we need to say.”
Can you imagine how different your team would be if they were asking for feedback? If they gave you the opportunity to share what you were thinking or seeing?
Well, to get to that place it starts with us, as Managers, to begin that journey of asking for feedback.
Peter Bregman wrote a fabulous article called How to Ask for Feedback That Will Actually Help You.
One of his tips was to probe more deeply with questions. Asking questions in different ways helps you to get a fuller answer – painting a clearer picture of what the other person is trying to ask for.
Having trouble thinking of a couple of questions to even begin with? We’ve got a couple of ideas:
- What is one suggestion you have that I can do to better support my team?
- If your boss were to give me one suggestion, what would it be?
- What part of my leadership or management style concerns you the most?
- How well do you feel I communicate? What can I do to better communicate with those I work with?
- What specifically could I have done better on X project?
Maybe one of these questions sparked an idea!
So, gather up your courage and go ask for some feedback!
You’ll be a better leader because of it!