Feedback is the food for progress and, while it may not always taste great, it’s healthy for you. The feedback you receive is free information about you and whether you want to take it on board or not is up to you. But look at it not as criticism but as a service by the person who’s giving you feedback, as it makes you aware of your blind spots. The information helps you get a different perspective on your actions/behaviour/attitude.
Similarly, providing constructive feedback to others strengthens your relationship with the people concerned as it helps them tap into their personal potential.
According to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, when faced with a challenging goal, people’s motivation to improve their productivity increases up to 60 per cent when they receive feedback on their progress. Assigning goals without giving feedback doesn’t leave much of an effect on motivation with an increase in performance of just over 25 per cent.
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