Feedback followup

As we’d discussed previously, it’s important to take a step back, assess, solicit feedback and consider consequences and what we can do better.

And so I was reminded recently of the human element in feedback and assessment in a couple scenarios:

* Two judges’ comments for the same essay, one with a rating of 51 out of 100, and the other with a rating of 82. The 51 rating criticized everything from the line spacing to the examples illustrated in the essay, to the style of the writing. Conversely, the 82 rating embraced those same examples and seemed enchanted by the style. Ironic, no?

* Two individuals had shared their frustrations with their performance level perceived by their supervisors. One was viewed as poor-quality by one supervisor and hailed as stellar by a new replacement supervisor just a month later – not good enough, then amazing. Another was informed that they were not sufficient caliber for a promotion and, days later, were pushed to apply for that same promotion and hailed as a bench candidate.

And of course there’s the famed account – was it true? – that one of Mozart’s critics complained that his work had “too many notes.”

So, whereas we must regularly solicit feedback, step back and assess; we must also always consider the human element embedded in that same feedback.


  1. And then not take the feedback personally. I like this post, thanks.

  2. Yes, excellent point, FoodConnections - like water off a duck's back. Thanks for sharing.


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