POP QUIZ! What is the shortest word in the English language that contains all of these letters: abcdef?
And you know what? Sometimes we just don’t want to hear it!
Sometimes it’s just really hard to receive! (Sometimes, when we are 2.6 years old, it makes us have a temper tantrum!)
Mac reminds me constantly that feedback from others is essential to his learning. Otherwise, how would he know not to touch the hot barbeque? Or why it’s important to be gentle when petting the dog? Or why it’s dangerous to ride his “bik-e-sol” down the steep driveway? Experience? Yeah – and we all know where direct experience gets him!
I once had a mentor tell me that feedback is a gift. And as Michael J. Gelb says, “There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.” With these ideas in mind, we can more easily be learners when we receive feedback.
Tell us: What is the hardest feedback you’ve ever received that you ended up doing something great with?
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