Growth always hurts

By Dan Rockwell via http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com   Article

20 Ways to Give Negative Feedback

“Growth always hurts. But, stagnation is death. Growth requires feedback. Successful leaders are great at giving feedback.

… Done well, negative feedback is a gift. Done poorly, it devalues, demotivates, and discourages. …

  • Commit to connect with the recipient. Distance undermines positive impact. Sit on the same side of the table, for example. …
  • Stick with one issue. More than one issue indicates you already failed in the past.
  • Express issues in one or two sentences. The more you talk the worse it is. …
  • Provide adequate time and privacy.
  • Embrace the possibility you could be wrong.
  • Avoid “but.” You’re doing a great job, BUT, is interpreted as, “I’m not doing a great job.”
  • Focus on observable behaviors. Don’t interpret intentions or motivations.
  • Collaborate on solutions and develop a path forward. …

Optimism is essential when giving negative feedback. Avoid giving feedback until you believe growth is possible. If growth isn’t possible, you’re on the path to terminate them or live with the problem.”

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