Feedback can be defined as :
Information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc., used as a basis for improvement
Receiving feedback is an essential process through which we continuously improve our actions and working context. By reviewing outcomes and thinking about how we could do better in our work today and in the future. Feedback formalizes someone’s opinion – and needs to be treated as such. It’s not necessarily ‘true’ – but it doesn’t have to be, it’s true that a person thinks what they think, that’s what it’s all about.
Feedback is essential to team and self development. It ensures that individuals within the team are aware of the impact of their work, it avoids frustration to settle in and problems to emerge and remain unresolved. It also increases trust within the team – team members know they will receive honest feedback and will not have any surprise. They get to value each other and appreciate the way they help each other grow.
Next time you do a presentation, write a report or simply complete any form of task – ask for feedback and see if you can improve.