You were recently hired after a long job search. It’s been a while since someone scrutinized your daily performance at work. Maybe you’re a new hire and yet to receive feedback to gauge if you’re adequately learning and performing. If you fit either of these categories, then you are the receiver of criticism rather than the giver. We will learn about the value of criticism, its importance, and how it can be a positive tool for your first 90 days of your new job.
Dr. Deb Bright is our guest today. She will help us understand the positive attributes of criticism as a giver and receiver.
How important is feedback to you? Do you embrace as a necessity? Or are your experiences mostly a nightmare? I would love to hear your thought in one of the following ways:
Accepting criticism should be viewed as a skill set. Employers need to ask where did they receive training to receive and give criticism
New employees need to look at themselves as a product. You are being hired for more than your technical skills, but the ability in working as a team, including you manage feedback
Once you gain the skills, view it as a life enhancement, not just for the job but for life
The receiver is in the control of the criticism exchange process because the receiver can challenge the giver. The receiver is also the one who decides if he/she accepts or rejects it
The lack of training feedback is best addressed during downtime. Once you receive feedback, be sure to follow-up with your boss know you have been working on what he or she pointed out during the exchange
Deb described the building of an “expectation package.” It is a two-way exchange that makes critique work to build trust and respect
We also discuss Deb’s experience as a potential Olympic Diver being coached by someone who clearly set expectations. Listen to how Deb accepted criticism from her coach and the impact it had on her life
Deb embraced her coaches’ directness in dispensing criticism but pointed out there was a common goal. This reflects a key in accepting criticism. There were common goals and rules in giving and accepting critique
We will not publish a show next week since it is Thanksgiving week. Look for a new episode December 2, and for the Dec. 9 & 16 episodes we will have our regular segments plus holiday job search tips sprinkled throughout the show. After that we will take a holiday hiatus retuning Jan. 6 with new episodes!
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