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May 29, 2012
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Last year at this time I was finishing my second residence stay for the University of Guelph’s MA Leadership. The class was personal skills self-assessment and included a challenging component on feedback (including avoiding the “poop sandwich”). Gwyn, thank you for the reminder. The timing is uncanny and the lesson worth sharing widely.

You're Not the Boss of Me

Every once in a while, I like to get back to the basics.  The basics for me are always about people and how we relate to each other.  This post addresses giving and receiving feedback. I know, it is an old topic but I’ll stop talking about it when more of us get better at it. In the meantime, here it is…again.

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“Feedback is the breakfast of Champions” or so says Ken Blanchard.But I’m wondering how many of us truly have an appetite for it.   After all, it has a way of feeling like bad news much of the time.

Why is that I wonder?  Well, first of all a very common view of feedback is this.  Feedback equals Criticism.

When I looked up the word criticism, here are some synonyms that greeted me…reprehend, censure, reprobate, condemn, denounce. Okay then, I can’t wait to get me…

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