Brain Food: Your route to the top - How to get feedback

Ask for it. Regular, informal feedback is as important as six-monthly reviews. Scheduling regular catch-ups saves the embarrassment of having to ask repeatedly.

Express your desire to improve. Even better, specify exactly what flaws you want to work on. If your aims are clear, people are more likely to give you useful, detailed feedback.

Gather opinion from all perspectives - not just from your boss, but from direct reports, your peers and colleagues in different teams too. Watch for themes, and work on these first.

Choose an appropriate time and place. Make sure you both feel comfortable and focused.

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