The feedback formula

Experts consider feedback as the breakfast of champions. What’s your take on it?

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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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A version of this was first published in the June 2012 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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Liggy Webb
Liggy Webb is a leading authority in the field of behavioural change and positive psychology. She is based in the UK and is the founder director of The Learning Architect an international people development organisation. As an experienced learning and development professional she works as a consultant with a wide range of organisations including the United Nations and the NHS. Liggy’s next book The Happy Handbook is a practical guide to holistic happiness.

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