Turn Negative Feedback Into Actionable Tasks With A Two-Column List

Turn Negative Feedback Into Actionable Tasks With A Two-Column List

Negative feedback can be hard to take, but if you learn to let go of hurt feelings, you can use it to your advantage. Over at Forbes, executive career coach Tina Nicolai suggests creating a two-column list to turn criticism into actionable tasks.

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It’s easy to get defensive when someone offers criticism, even if it’s constructive. You can recognise that defensiveness as a trigger, though, for the opportunity to form better habits. Follow up on their feedback with questions that focus on a solution rather than the problem, and you’ll get useful advice you can put into practice.

Another way to make negative feedback actionable is to create a list of objective criticisms, whether they’re coming from a boss, colleague, or friend. From there, here’s what Nicolai suggests:

“Jot down in a column the solution for each negative piece of feedback. This is your planning guide. Plan your work and work your plan.” Throughout the process you should be able to sharpen your skills, gain more knowledge, and become an overall better employee.

This helps keep the feedback objective, but more importantly, it ensures it’s actually useful. Head to the full post for more tips on transforming negative feedback.

8 Ways to Turn Negative Feedback Into Something Positive [Forbes]

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