Here is the first thing that popped into my head when I first glimpsed a copy of this book: I need to give this to my husband! Because his reaction to feedback is usually defensive.
And that's what we always think, right? That someone else's response to feedback is poor, but that we welcome it as a growing experience, that we somehow have mastered the ability to accept feedback gracefully.
But let's be realistic: this isn't usually the case. Even if we sit calmly as our boss, client, coworkers, or spouse, opine about our work and/or contributions, we often do it with gritted teeth, and then spend the next few hours mulling over all the injustices.
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well
offers insight into why feedback is so hard to take. It is because "feedback sits at the junction of two conflicting human desires: we want to learn and grow but we also want to be accepted and respected just as we are now."
But feedback is always going to be a part of our lives. "We swim in an ocean of feedback," the authors say. So it's about time we learned not to resist, and even not to accept, feedback, to embrace it and say "thank you."
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About Sally Haldorson
Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.