How to give positive feedback

How to give positive feedback

It must be related to genuine observations, that reflect back their effort, not ability. Praise the process, not the person.

Highlight aspects of someone’s performance that were under their control  - their planning, their creative ideas, their dedication  - over qualities they were born with. 

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The sweet spot of effective feedback
Feedback is effective when it sheds light on the present and offers a window into the future ,  without dwelling on the past.
Feedback isn’t effective when it inflates  or bruises  someone’s ego.

The ratio between positive and negative feedback should be 5.6 (or nearly six positive comments for each negative one).

Giving negative feedback

By withholding the truth to protect someone’s feelings , even with the best intentions, you’re robbing them the opportunity to learn, grow and improve. And without this, they lose personal responsibility for their actions.

So show them you consider them an equal by being candid. Honesty and transparency are huge indicators of respect.

Essential qualities of effective feedback
  • Specific: factul and action-based.
  • Both positive and negative (six-to-one ratio).
  • Actionable: focused on how can something be improved.
  • Focused on a shared goal.
  • Manageable and simple.
  • Neutral: Emotion adds a charge that will cloud the message.
  • Dialogue-driven: Making space for the other person to talk will help them open up.
  • Linked to consequences.

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  • Strong emotions on both sides;
  • A focus on character rather than on behavior;
  • A lack of clarity about what needs to change and why;
  • Negative or critical feedback threatens not only our self-esteem but also our basic need for safety and security;

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The power of eye contact

We intuitively understand the power of eye contact. It can say a thousand unspoken words. - from the stern look in your mother's face to the scrutinising gaze of the interviewer.

Highlights of what eye contact does:

  • It's arousing. Someone staring back at you could make you all sweaty.
  • It holds attention.
  • It makes people believe you.
  • It makes people think you're smart. We tend to judge people who make eye contact with us as more intelligent and competent.
  • It makes you seem more sincere.
Negative vs. Positive Feedback
Positive feedback isn’t the best way to drive results and negative feedback isn’t actually all that bad:
  • Any negative feedback should be clear and timely yet not so harsh as to be perceived as criticism.  
  • As for positive feedback, make sure that it doesn’t overshadow any key negative points that need to be addressed.

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