What’s the most useful feedback you’ve ever received? Professionally and/or personally? And did you listen? Act on it? What did you do with it/about it?
If you can’t think of any… well, I suspect you’ve missed a bunch! There is an old adage to the effect “That when the student is ready; the teacher will appear.” Well, I’m here to tell you, the teacher is always there! There is something to be learned in every day if you are alert and receptive and furthermore, as The Course in Miracles reminds us, relationships are our biggest teacher. Reflection, introspection, and journaling are excellent ways to coach ourselves and gain insights, as is seeking out friends and life companions who share your interest in personal, professional, and spiritual growth and are willing to serve as agenda-less social mirrors.
“It takes wisdom to seek feedback. It takes humility to understand it, analyze it and appropriately act on it.” – Stephen R. Covey, 1932-2012, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
“Average players want to be left alone. Good players want to be coached. Great players want to be told the truth.” – Doc Rivers, b. 1961, 14 seasons as NBA player, 25 years NBA coach, Coach of the Year 2000, NBA Championship with Celtics 2008
“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” – Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, UK Prime Minister 1940 to 1945 (WWII); 1951 to 1955
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier