Leadership Tip

How to make direct feedback part of your routine

Many managers and leaders don’t give effective feedback because they’re simply pressed for time. There are three ways to make this easier - for you and your direct reports:

  1. Create a standard way in. Reduce the time you spend mulling over each conversation by establishing a simple, routinised way to open feedback discussions. “I’m going to give you some feedback” or ”Are you open to my coaching on this?” gets immediate attention and sets the right tone.
     
  2. Be blunt. If you’ve ever said “maybe you could...” or asked an employee to “think about” a performance issue, you’re likely not being blunt enough. Be honest, sincere, and personal while addressing the issue head-on.
     
  3. Ask him or her to play it back. To avoid having the same conversation again and again, make sure each direct report can clearly explain what they need to change or do next.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from Giving Effective Feedback When You’re Short on Time by Daisy Wademan Dowling. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

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