Silver screen – If you can’t say something nice…

(Confession time- this is a 30 day blog that I am a week behind on, so while others are writing day 13, I am on day 6) 

The task for this blog is to take a quote from our favourite movie.  I’m not quite sure what my favourite movie is but a quote that I have always remembered- probably because my mother said it to us all the time too- is Thumper in Bambi “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all” 

This is a good ideal to live up to at work, except that sometimes at work you do need to give feedback that may not be seen as being nice.  Giving feedback to your team or to your colleagues is not an easy thing to do, but is essential to the creation of productive and well run organisations.

How do you give effective feedback?  My thoughts are:

  • Make it timely
  • Stick to the facts
  • Focus on the issue at hand
  • Look for solutions
  • Don’t make it personal

And of course don’t forget to say nice things as well.

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