Feedback: The Breakfast of Champions

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Coach Tracy Ford Explains That Negative Feedback is an Opportunity for Improvement


Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson, authors of the One Minute Manager, said that “Feedback is the breakfast of Champions”. So my question to you is, what are you eating for breakfast?

Are you only eating the positive feedback or are you also letting the negative feedback feed you?

Negative feedback really is opportunity for improvement. Negative feedback lets us know if we are headed in the wrong direction or doing the wrong things.

Both positive and negative feedback lets us know where we are and where we can go…

It’s the steering wheel for our life and our business.

Unfortunately many of us respond to negative feedback unproductively, inhibiting us to improve.
These reactions really limit us in our personal and business lives. Unproductive reactions to negative feedback are:

1. Caving in and quitting
2. Getting mad at the source of the feedback
3. Ignoring the feedback

So, how do you embrace Feedback?

Ask questions…

• How do you see me limiting myself?
• On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the quality of our (____________) during the last (week/month)?
• On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate me as a (leader/manager/this deal/this book)?

And any answers less than 10 ask

• What would make it a 10?

Now I tried this with my teenage daughter… Wow! Watch out and be prepared to remain positive and take the feedback given. She had a lot of good points on how I could be a better mom. And it wasn’t about me giving her everything she wanted either…

To continuously improve keep you’ll want to keep the feedback coming. How do you do that? Simply thank the person for caring enough to share that with you. This will allow for more open and honest feedback and make it a habit! Use it in your team meetings or over the dinner table… it may spark some pretty interesting conversations and bring your team and/or family closer together.

I was inspired to write this blog because I was reading the “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield and I loved the chapter on how to use feedback to your advantage check it out to get all of Jack’s perspective on feedback as well as the rest of his success principles.

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