Regular feedback is vital to our career and self-development. We can’t grow in a vacuum, so we depend on others (generally a leader or person in authority) to tell us how we are doing. Therefore, we institute formal systems like performance reviews, coaching sessions, and customer satisfaction surveys to ensure that feedback is given.
But, at the end of the day, there are really only 3 questions that you need your boss/leader/supervisor to answer:
- Am I running fast enough? Is my speed satisfactory for this organization? Is my work being completed in a timely manner? Am I meeting my deadlines (those you told me and those you may not be telling me)? Are my skills improving as quickly as you need?
- Am I running in the right direction? Am I on the right agenda? Is my work fulfilling the mission of our organization? Do my tasks and projects contribute to the overall good of my team? Do my results match the quality of what you expect from me?
- Am I passing the right checkpoints? Is my work (and my thinking) complete? Have I taken any shortcuts? Is my understanding of our work as robust as my team needs? Am I growing in my wisdom and maturity?
It takes courage to ask the questions…it takes courage to answer them completely…and it takes courage to accept responsibility for the reply.
Thanks for listening.