Over the past 24 hours I have received four pieces of feedback. Three direct and one indirect.
The indirect was the sense of satisfaction following parents evening enabling us to talk to subject teachers to help with the choice of GCSE options for our eldest son Tom. There was a real joy in hearing how well he was doing and teachers trying hard to convince us that he should use his limited choice of three on their subjects. (He’s finally made a decision on the eve of the deadline and going with History, Geography and Computing – P preference like his Dad. Music was in this morning but his geography teacher sold him the possibility of an A so that was Tom sold!).
The direct feedback was for my work. Three very different pieces of work. One for the questions I asked during a Coaching Course I was running, another for the facilitation of a senior team event and the third for a piece of design work that was a very different approach for the client and the Consultancy that had commissioned me to design it for them.
Its nice to get feedback isn’t it? It makes you feel good, its “warm and fuzzy”, its a sign of achievement, its recognition of influence, and its a sign that someone values your contribution.
What ever our motivational preferences, and whether we try and justify it according to Maslow, Herzberg, McClelland, Pink or anyone else thats written a “10 things you need to know about Motivation” its just nice.
I feel really good about it, and I’m aware that I don’t give feedback enough to those I work with and share a home with so I shall paying attention to that in the next few days.
How about we all do it – its nice!