Using Feedback Well

Like the example of the swimmer in the previous post, using feedback well can challenge people. It’s hard to tell when to persist, and when to adapt.

As a silly but true example, when I needed new tennis shoes, I couldn’t immediately find the brand and type I needed. I wasted a lot of energy angry at shoe stores for not carrying exactly what I needed. I wasted more energy mad at myself for shopping poorly. Then I asked for help, a friend suggested one step, and I quickly accomplished the goal.

It seems best to work energetically and absorbed in the task. But when people find themselves bouncing off bricks walls, they can ask three questions:

1 Is there a better way I can do this?

2 Who can I ask who might know a better way?

3 Who can I ask for help?

Answering those questions can be much harder than asking, but they do help. Sometimes the answers mean keep persisting. Sometimes a cycle begins of action-feedback-adapt. I’ll include more thoughts on finding and using meaningful feedback in my upcoming book.

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