On the one hand, we’ve been taught that feedback is a good thing — we want to hear others’ perspectives since they might help us enrich our thinking. In addition, asking for input is a way of engaging other people and getting them involved. On the other hand, asking for input means that we might have to change plans or do something differently. Change can be difficult and takes time, so we often resist it.
- Author: Ron Ashkenas
- Title: Don’t Ask for Feedback Unless You Want It
- Source: Harvard Business Review
I thought this was a timely read as we recently asked representatives from our organization to come to a senior leadership team meeting and discuss their vision of leadership and how we, the leaders, are doing against their expectations. Our goal is to genuinely incorporate their feedback – good or bad, and as leaders, we have to be prepared to accept both.