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June 2021

The Power of Feedback: 35 Principles for Turning Feedback from Others into Personal and Professional Change by Joseph R. Folkman

Who doesn’t dread being asked “Can I give you some feedback?” We know we’re supposed to answer “yes” and then stoically prepare to take our medicine. Here Joseph Folkman makes us feel better by showing the powerful benefits of feedback, both positive and negative. This research-based book serves as a practical guide for coaches helping others to ask for, accept and leverage feedback. Folkman explores how perceptions of us are formed by others (and the best strategies for changing these perceptions), how to prioritize developmental goals, and why our response to feedback is the most important variable affecting our ability to improve.

HIGHLIGHT(S): When considering coaching goals, ask, “If I were to change one thing, what would make the biggest difference in how I am perceived?” When an executive is highly competent in one area, others will assume strengths in other areas and ignore weaknesses (the “halo effect”). This argues for focusing on developing a single, profound strength, rather than multiple, lower-impact, goals.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Feedback-Principles-Personal-Professional/dp/0471998206/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=The+power+of+feedback&qid=1622551842&s=books&sr=1-2

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