Reading for Leading #11: Side-by-side feedback

Side-by-side feedback

Reading for Leading is a weekly leadership tip shared every Monday morning as a pithy suggestion, question or reflection. You can find the whole series here.

Are you sitting comfortably to give that feedback to a colleague?
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Giving feedback to a team member can be a challenging experience as it requires us to be able to create a space for reflection and future improvement rather than shutting down discussion or provoking defensiveness.

Brené Brown has a useful checklist for giving engaged feedback that starts with the suggestion that we’re only ready for that important conversation if we know that we can sit down side-by-side with our team member rather than across the table from them. This opens ourselves up to an interaction where we’re not defaulting to blame or other attempts to hide our vulnerability behind shows of “power”.

The full checklist is downloadable here.

Source of Inspiration: The chapter on Disruptive Engagement in Brené Brown’s “Daring greatly”.


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