I’d like to invite you to take part in a short exercise. Are you sitting at a table? Get yourself comfortable…are you ready?
Good. Now I’d like you to hold both of your hands over the desk, around two inches above the top and with the palms facing down.
Think of the feedback you have received in the past week. Using your right hand only, place one finger down on the desk for every valuable piece of feedback you have received.
Done? Next, using your left hand, put one finger down for every piece of valuable feedback you have given to someone else.
What do you notice? Which hand has the most fingers down on the desk?
Is this an acceptable ratio of giving and receiving feedback?
What could you possibly do this week to get valuable feedback from your manager, your team and your colleagues?
What valuable feedback can you provide to them?
And….what can you possibly do that would make this a habit?