Delivering constructive feedback is hard — it’s natural to worry about the other person’s feelings, damaging your relationship, awkward silences, or worse, the discussion escalating into conflict. For these reasons, many people hold off on having difficult conversations, and when they do eventually have them, the message often isn’t as clear as it could be. This results in the feedback failing to have the intended impact. A valuable principle when delivering feedback is to do so sooner than you would prefer, and more directly than you would naturally. …

Mark Wood

Engineering leader at Bloomberg. All opinions are my own.

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