High-performance coaching is founded on consistent, regular, meaningful feedback.
Whether we’re talking about professional athletes or the corporate world, leadership is a privilege and great leaders should be like high-performance coaches. But have you received meaningful performance feedback lately?
Are you seeking it or are you scared about what might hear if you do We are living in a performance feedback crisis? It was hard to get good feedback prior to the pandemic – I recently asked 50 leaders how they knew they were doing a good job and time and time again I heard the same response.
85 of the leaders shared, I am still here, so I must be But just because your leader hasn’t given you any feedback does not mean you are doing a good job. Your performance might just be passable enough that you are not on their radar.
You could be brilliant but then you might get the odd good job coming your way. Or your performance could be really crap and your leader cannot work out how to bring the subject up.
The pandemic and the great resignation, or the great shift to a new employer is making it even harder to get good feedback because the perception is that any critique no matter how healthy could result in an employee looking for a new job.
This short-term desire to retain talent by avoiding sometimes challenging conversations comes with a long-term cost regular, constructive feedback is a tool to support professional development and enhance corporate performance.
A coach can’t sit on the sidelines and defer the quarter-time chat because they don’t want to upset their players. Players will plateau and even stagnate if they don’t know where they need to improve. It’s no different for you and your company leaders.
In our feedback crisis, performance feedback is rare, vague useless.
Written by: Matthew Thomas