Glad that you decided to find out the answer which is…It Depends! Some bosses are open and welcome constructive feedback while others are so full of ego and don’t encourage an open dialogue. I just returned from presenting several workshops at the US Chamber Institute in Madison WI. It was a real privilege speaking with men and women who work in chambers or associations throughout the USA.
One of the sessions I conducted was “Managing Upward.” I posed the following question to them…”What are some or your challenges with your boss or upper management?”
Here are some of their responses:
- The boss not being available
- There is no follow up on issues that require swift action
- Not dealing with conflict and letting things slide
- Meetings which waste our time
- No accountability with the team
- Not setting expectations and no one knows what they need to be doing
- Not having trust with my boss
Ouch! Is that enough? The list was a lot longer and you will find more scenarios in future posts.
What would you do if your boss gave you negative feedback in front of your team?
- Stay silent?
- Say something that you wished you didn’t say?
- Get the respect that you deserved by being direct with respect?
This is always a tough situation because it depends on so many variables when communicating to upward management. Here is one option that we practiced in the session.
I don’t want to be disrespectful.
I do want to clear the air.
“I was caught off guard yesterday when I received negative comments in front of my colleagues because I would have appreciated the important feedback in a one to one meeting.”
Let’s dissect this formula. I don’t want…I do want will make most communication safe. The group came up with some realistic answers for their own situations using this one strategy.
I am…when…because is the power talk formula that I have mentioned MANY times in my posts. This works like a charm. I was caught off guard is a statement that has NO judgment. It is how you feel. Try using this and let me know what results you receive.
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