Last week I led a workshop on peak performance during high stakes career situations for Urban Girl Squad the Barnard Athena Leadership Center. It was a robust, interactive discussion among 30+ highly accomplished professional women.
Topics ranged from salary negotiation to career change to dealing with challenging bosses, colleagues, even direct reports. One person asked about being heard amidst the predominately male staff. Several asked about getting their due after taking on additional work for no additional pay or promotion.
Conversation extended well past the stated end time but many exuded relief and gratitude at having covered so much material. One participant emailed me afterward with my favorite type of feedback:
Thank you so much. As a result of your advice, I will be asking for specific 30/60/90 day success metrics during my upcoming job interview. Also, I will be more prepared for any setbacks/disastrous rain storms/nor’easter/etc on the day of the interview and I will be listening to Tom Petty’s ‘Won’t Back Down’ beforehand. – Gloria
Why do I love this feedback so much? Gloria is going to DO something as a result of what I said. Now I feel like I have contributed to her forward momentum in some way. The most rewarding feedback has action attached to it.
- Have you circled back to people who have given you meaningful feedback or suggestions?
- When you give feedback, is it constructed in a way that the recipient can readily act upon your suggestions?