Feedback is information that helps to affirm or adjust performance. It can be a formal or informal conversation that may include positive reinforcement or constructive suggestions for improving how you handle a task or engage in an activity.
Think of feedback as a gift that can help you continually improve and achieve your personal best.
Feedback can create tension because it represents a conflict between two basic needs: 1) the need to grow and develop and 2) the desire to be accepted just as you are. Because of this, it is important to know about feedback mindsets, which is based on research from Carol Dweck, a Stanford University Professor.
- Some people have a fixed mindset. They believe that their basic qualities – like intelligence or talent – are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence and talents instead of developing them.
- Other people have a growth mindset. They believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.
Having a growth mindset will enable you to be open to receiving feedback. It will allow you to listen to other perspectives, build your self-awareness, and act upon relevant suggestions so you can improve your performance. In order to maximize feedback opportunities, it is important to remain AWARE during your interactions.
Take the self-assessment below to get a handle on your current level of AWAREness. Then, use the framework below to help you put these ideas into action.
Throughout CareerAdvisor, you’ve had the opportunity to gather feedback from others on your strengths. You have also had the opportunity to identify mentors who can help you navigate your career search. Tap into these resources to get the feedback you need while beginning your career search and beyond.