Listening to Feedback

Feedback is critical if you want to improve.

But how should you handle feedback? Unsolicited or otherwise.

  1. If your values do not align with the values and goals of the person who gave the feedback, you are free to ignore this feedback, as it’s likely unhelpful.
  2. If your values align, but you or the majority disagree, you are still free to not act on the feedback, but you might want to consider it a little.
  3. You agree, but you don’t want to change. i.e. “You write rubbish groovy code” I might not need that in my day-to-day job, so I don’t need to improve, but I might decide to delegate groovy code to someone else, if I’m causing issues.
  4. Agree and want to change. This is good feedback/advice, and you should act upon it.

If you act on feedback from everyone, you won’t get much work done, so make sure you are using suitable filters.

Author: Andrew

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