Being able to effectively give feedback to superiors is a critical skill. Many decisions in the workplace can have unintended consequences. However, a fresh look from the outside can promptly point out problems that colleagues do not see. Here are some ways to get your advice and feedback to your boss.
How to effectively give feedback to your bossYana Nosenko
Put yourself in the shoes of a leader
When you feel that something is going wrong, it is perfectly normal to alert others to the problem. This also applies if you disagree with the decision you made or would have acted differently.
At times like this, it’s important to remember that you are probably not aware of all the nuances and context that guided your boss. However, your manager can benefit from a fresh and unbiased view of the problem. Put yourself in his shoes and ask yourself what information would help you evaluate the success of the solution.
The best feedback for management is information that it would be difficult for them to receive in a timely manner. Provide your point of view based on the work being done. Focus on your observations, not your problem statement. This presentation is likely to grab the attention of the leader. If he needs a deeper analysis of the situation and its consequences, he will turn to you for more information, but even if he does not, you will make a valuable contribution.
Don’t just talk about the bad
Typically, you seek advice from people who are knowledgeable about the situation, who care about your interests, and who are experienced enough to change the way you think about something.
To give good advice, you must have the appropriate knowledge, good intentions, and an understanding of the general situation.
For your leaders to come to you for advice, you need to share good news as well as bad news. If you usually only complain, your review is likely to be ignored.
Discuss ways to solve the problem
When you still managed to convey the problem to your superiors, discuss with them further steps to eliminate it. This will help management see you as not only a problem-seeker, but also someone who finds opportunities and cares about the interests of the organization.
Don’t be discouraged if your first attempt at raising the issue fails, even if you were right. The people behind important decisions in an organization receive information from a variety of sources. Even if they did not follow through on the recommendations, your concerns may have been heard.
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