Use These 3 Shifts to Give Transformational Feedback At Work

Use These 3 Shifts to Give Transformational Feedback At Work

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions” – Ken Blanchard

Feedback is a powerful tool in professional growth for ourselves and those we share it with. When delivered effectively, it can transform individuals and teams. Together let’s explore three essential shifts that elevate feedback from mere criticism to a catalyst for positive change.

Shift #1: Shift Your Mindset

Our mindset profoundly influences how we give feedback (and how we do everything for that matter).

Consider this: Are you giving the feedback out of care or love or because you’re angry and feel like they are the reason for some of your problems? 

Instead of approaching the entire situation with frustration or blame, consider a more positive orientation. View the feedback you give as an act of care and support (which means you have to feel that for them). 

When you genuinely want the best for the recipient, your words carry more weight. Imagine feedback as a gift—an opportunity to help someone grow. This shift in mindset sets the stage for transformational feedback.

Shift #2: Shift Your Perspective On The Purpose Of Feedback

I love the idea that I learned from a mentor years ago — “truth is a gift.” Feedback isn’t just about pointing out flaws; it’s about truth-telling. Imagine truth as a precious gift—one that enables growth. Without truth, personal and professional development stagnates. By sharing honest feedback, we empower others to see reality and improve. 

Whether you’re a manager, colleague, or mentor, withholding feedback is actually doing a disservice. It’s like denying someone access to a mirror—they won’t see their blind spots.

Let me share to you one paragraph from my book, “The Intentional Engineer, in chapter 8:”

If a person doesn’t have the truth, then they can’t operate from reality. All of us are imperfect people that have the capacity to grow as individuals, as part of society, and as part of a team. Yet in order to do that, we need to know where we need to focus to enhance our skills and improve who we are as people. 

Shift #3: Shift The Order Of Feedback

Traditionally, feedback starts with pointing out what others need to change or improve. But what if we flipped the script? 

Consider leading with your own vulnerability. Acknowledge your own areas for growth. Share how you’re handling things or where you recognize room for improvement. 

When you lead with openness, you create space for vulnerability in others. As a leader, this approach sets the tone for a constructive conversation. Invite them to share their insights first. Then, together, explore ways to enhance performance and teamwork.

Transformational feedback benefits both giver and receiver. Embrace these shifts, and watch your feedback become a force for positive change. Remember, it’s not just about what you say—it’s about how you say it and the mindset behind it. As you navigate the delicate art of feedback, keep these principles in mind. 

Your words have the power to shape careers, foster growth, and build resilient teams.

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