Harry Potter fans will know that the two houses of Griffindor and Slytherin quite loosely depicted the two camps of good and evil.
Griffindor stood for courage, team work and the fight for justice. Slytherin for strategies linked with dark arts and agendas around exclusion of the weak. Both houses stood for pride and unity to their cause.
Ironically both of these houses have one additional big commonality. They both want to be better at what they do. They both want to win.
Voldemort could give you advice and feedback on how to win and be better.
Dumbeldore could give you advice and feedback on how to win and be better.
Both sets of advice would help you improve. But the benchmarks and measures of success were different because Griffindor and Slytherin were different in their vision and goals.
You get to choose who is on your board of directors and define your goals and vision.
If you’re in Griffindor, Voldemort will disagree with your approach and give you intense feedback to change. If you’re in Slytherin, Dumbeldore will disagree with your approach and give you intense feedback to change.
Only you’ll know who to listen to and who will support your vision. What do you want to be better at? Where do you want to win?
Will you choose Voldemort? Will you choose Dumbeldore? It can’t be both.
We experience feedback every day. Stimuli and signals are being received continuously throughout the day.
It helps us survive and protect ourselves. Don’t touch the stove. Eat when you’re hungry. Turn down the volume. Dress warmly. These signals come from our bodies and the environment and responses have largely been programmed into us.
We are also receiving feedback from people in the form of observed body language, tone of voice, spoken words and actions experienced. Our internal dialogue very often assigns meaning to these messages and influences how we interpret them.
We could choose to hear the feedback and act or choose to hear the feedback but disregard what we have heard.
The key word here is choose. We get to choose and be involved in the experience.
In my coaching sessions I always point out that it is key to start with the end in mind. If you set clear goals and outcomes, it becomes easy to process information against these goals and to decide whether the information will help you achieve your goals.
Feedback is meant to help improve and to empower us to choose the right path, action etc to achieve our goals and successes.
Have you thought about your goals and can you describe them? What can you do today to help use feedback to help you achieve those goals?
What will you choose to think and do today?
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