Our team skills impact our career trajectory. The more senior we become, the truer it is.
But who teaches us team skills? Usually, no one: we land in the workforce, wide-eyed with wonder, and struggle until we figure it out. You know what gave me anxiety for years after I started working in teams? Giving and receiving feedback.
So this talk covers a bunch of actionable steps to help you give and receive feedback more effectively, with less anxiety.
I gave this talk recently at Pivotal Labs. We got a video recording!
The slides and approximate transcript are already on this blog, but the recording includes a question and answer period, too. So I made a catalogue (see below) of all the questions the audience asked me, with links to the time on the video where the audience member asked the question.
Here’s the full video:
21:50 How do you give feedback that has to be given that the person didn’t ask for, or doesn’t want?
23:18 How would you approach the question “Do you have any feedback for me?”
24:32: Do you have any opinions on the regularity of feedback?
26:06: What do you do if a person is only giving you positive feedback and no negative feedback?
28:57: What pitfalls might you run into while adopting a collaborative model of feedback?
31:30: Do you have any advice for making feedback a pattern on distributed teams?
33:21: In asynchronous communication, are you worried about misperceptions of tone in writing?
If you liked this post, you might also like:
All the times I dove even deeper into giving and receiving feedback (if you really liked this talk, you’re sure to find something else you really like in these posts)
This other time I catalogued the questions from a live video recording (this is a condensed version of my talk on leveling up)
This series about the process of preparing and giving a talk