Have you heard the saying if you having nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all?
I heard this saying again recently and I started thinking about the importance of honest feedback. Feedback is always great and easy to give when it’s positive but what about when it’s not? How many of you have told a friend that he or she looked amazing when you knew they didn’t? Or told a colleague that their presentation was perfect when you knew it could be a lot better.
I recently had to give some feedback to a small business I was advising about their strategy. It was hard for them to hear it but they appreciated it and saved themselves a lot of heartache in the future. Honest feedback is a powerful tool to help others become better and also create a relationship of trust. And just as its not easy to give, it’s not always easy to receive. I once had a boss tell me that many people thought I was unapproachable. Ouch! Not easy to hear or accept but I had to and I am hopefully better off for it.
SO what are your thoughts on giving and receiving feedback?