Talent development professionals are in every industry and passionate about developing talent. Their work requires interacting with diverse internal and external stakeholders and communicating effectively. Successful TD professionals consistently reach out and communicate to understand their clients' needs, concerns, and challenges. They also recognize the importance of continually uncovering their blind spots, which might be sabotaging and hindering them from going to the next level. As a result, they 'beg' for feedback. They also excel in providing effective feedback to let their supervisors, peers, customers, team members, and other stakeholders know what is working and coming in the way. It is their habit and part of their nature.

You may be asking: How can I excel in providing and receiving feedback? Below are the most crucial development areas to take your feedback competence to the next level:


Attitude drives behaviors, decisions/indecisions, and actions/inactions. Evaluate to see what kind of mindset you have regarding feedback. Could there be some unproductive attitude harboring and preventing you from excelling in providing and getting feedback? Do you wait until others give you feedback, or are you proactive in seeking feedback? Do you have a growth mindset, or are you satisfied with where you are in your profession? Are you grateful when you receive feedback? Do you wait till the end of the year to give a performance appraisal or have a generous spirit of providing constructive feedback consistently?


Having the right mindset is a good start, then you must translate your desire to give and receive feedback. Giving and receiving feedback is an art that constantly requires learning and practicing. What are you doing to excel in giving feedback, especially when it's tough? Do people accept and implement your input or do they push back and even fret? Have you been receiving feedback with grace encouraging the people who give you feedback to keep on coming to help you uncover your blind spots, or are you defensive and irritable when you get feedback?


The spirit behind determines our success in providing and receiving feedback. Are you humble and vulnerable enough to ask and, most importantly, act on the feedback you get? Do you have the patience and self-discipline to show grace when you get harsh criticisms? What is your motive when you provide feedback? Are you using feedback to manipulate others to get what you want, or do you have their best interest in your heart? Do you use feedback to belittle, criticize, and/or flatter others, or do you use it to help others become and perform better?

In conclusion, successful TD professionals excel in providing and receiving feedback. You can also join these by growing on three fronts: mindset, skillset, and character-set. Read more, attend webinars, and most importantly, practice whatever you learn by seeking and providing feedback one person at a time. Moreover, pursue coaching and mentoring from those who mastered providing and receiving feedback.

Meet the Author

Assegid (AZ) Habtewold is the author of Overcoming 1st Timer Syndrome, an Amazon Best Seller. He is also a transition and transformation strategist at Sucess Pathways, LLC who empowers new supervisors, managers, executives and helps organizations create and nurture to leverage a unique culture for a competitive edge. He also designs and delivers leadership programs for Emerging, Middle, and Executive leaders. AZ is also the host of the Pick Yourself Up show that airs on MMCTV Channel 16. Download his one-sheet to learn more about other available blog topics, potential interview questions, and testimonials. 

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