How to Use Feedback to Master Your Career Goals


Feedback is a very powerful tool that is often underutilized. What I see happen so often is individuals waiting far too long to receive important views from others on their performance and behaviors. Imagine if you had the ability to read people’s minds! What would you do if you could predict the future? What if I told you feedback is the closest you can get to achieving these? Let’s explore how to use feedback to master your career goals:

What power does seeking feedback give?

  • Shows others you are serious about improving
  • Gives you a reputation for being humble
  • Allows others to feel important in your development
  • Provides opportunity to bring up difficult topics that might have been held back for a long time
  • Improves relationships with peers and leaders when done consistently
  • Outlines specific items for you to achieve your future career goals

How to seek feedback?

Feedback given consistently takes a lot less time to plan and deliver than waiting for long periods of time. Setting up consistent 1:1 conversations with mentors, peers, and your leader will help you work through your opportunities. Also keep in mind that not all feedback is negative, in fact most times it’s positive. Reach out to individuals through e-mail and invite them to have lunch with you and ask them specific questions. Encourage openness and be extremely respectful to their thoughts.

Some of the best advice I can give individuals is that perception is reality and you cannot use this valuable time to become defensive. If others perceive you a certain way- that is their reality and as a leaders point of view I am telling you it’s very uncomfortable to provide feedback to someone who isn’t receptive.

If your leader and peers don’t give you feedback on a consistent basis, you need to seek understanding. You might think that you are doing an excellent job when others might have totally different opinions. If you are very assertive and intimidating, others will avoid providing you feedback at all costs. Even high performers don’t get feedback sometimes because a leader is afraid it will hinder their performance.

Ask for feedback consistently, it will greatly improve your relationships with others, and improve your growth. The more difficult the feedback is, the more important it is for you to smile, accept the perception, and thank them for their openness.

Develop daily,

Michael Dooley
 Question: What is the most difficult feedback you have given? Did the individual improve? 

7 thoughts on “How to Use Feedback to Master Your Career Goals

  1. Receiving and giving feedback are two things that are very difficult for me to do and accept… but it’s something that I’m struggling with and improving. However, I definitely understand the importance of it! Thanks for this post!
    ~Jarkie @todaycommai

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