Feedback From Colleagues

Another good source of information about yourself besides your self-assessment is informal feedback from colleagues who are familiar with your work. For example, you could ask a coworker, “What have you seen in my work that tells you I know how to do my job?” or “What have you seen in the way I do my job that could be done differently?” The assumption when asking others to give you feedback is that you are prepared to receive it and to consider comments which differ from your own views. When receiving feedback, remember these points:

Be Attentive.

Concentrate on what is being said. Focus on what the person wants you to know, not on what you would like to hear. Paraphrase what was said so that you and your peer know that their message was accurately received.

Be Aware.

Notice your own reactions, both intellectual and emotional. If the viewpoint from which the other is speaking is at variance with your own, do not dismiss it: it can be important to realize that others see you differently from the way you see yourself.

Be Honest With Yourself.

Even if you don’t agree with something you hear, it’s still possible that part of what’s been observed or suggested might be accurate.

Write what you learn from informal feedback in the Informal Feedback Worksheet on Page 5 of your workbook.