The Importance of External Feedback
February 16, 2018
We’ve asked you in the Workplace Competency quadrant to gather feedback about yourself by asking mentors, supervisors, or professor’s to complete the External Feedback form. Why do we think this is so important to your success?
There are a couple of reasons. First, most people don’t have a realistic sense of their skills and abilities. Asking people around you for their perspective helps you to have a baseline understanding of how you are perceived by others. Second, learning how to ask for feedback effectively takes practice. It can be invaluable to create a habit of asking those around you for feedback on your work. This shows you have a growth mindset, are willing to improve, and are able to listen to critical feedback about yourself.
We want you to ask for feedback on both your strengths as well as areas for improvement. Strengths are important because ultimately you should capitalize on those areas and use them to help you stand out amongst your peers. Areas for improvement are equally as important. These areas can become strengths or at a minimum can be neutralized so as to not cause you any negative repercussions. It is much better to be aware of one’s limitations than to be over confident in your abilities.
The age old phrase “no one’s perfect” is a guiding principle. None of us are perfect. People at all levels can always improve. One of the biggest differentiators between those who succeed and those who don’t is their willingness to ASK for feedback, LEARN from mistakes, OWN their weaknesses, and a focus on IMPROVEMENT. To that end, this requirement of the Competitive Edge Program is meant to help you be the best you can be.