We can’t improve without constructive feedback. In fact, many companies encourage and seek feedback in order for professional development and growth opportunities.
As our fiscal year is coming to an end at GreatAmerica and Collabrance, we are preparing for our yearly reviews that include a professional development plan (PDP). This is an opportunity for leaders to sit down one-on-one with team members to review performance and set goals for the next year. Along with our PDP, we seek bi-directional feedback that includes an opportunity for a team member to provide comments to leadership, and vice versa for leaders to provide comments team members.
Remember, it’s not easy to give feedback. If we’re defensive instead of accepting, you risk missing out on improvement opportunities and may compound the issue. Everyone at some point in their career has received constructive feedback. It is not always easy to hear, but remember these tips to help take constructive feedback like a champ!
Doug Grimm, Vice President and General Manager, is responsible for the overall vision, including sales, marketing, operations, strategic leadership and financial performance. Prior to joining Collabrance in 2012 as the Senior Analyst, Doug started at GreatAmerica in 2002. Before working at GreatAmerica, he served in various finance and accounting roles for a publicly traded company in the telecommunications industry. Doug began his professional career with Arthur Andersen LLP. In his tenure with GreatAmerica, he has held various positions within the finance department, and also served as the Director of Sales in the Office Equipment Group. Doug earned his B.A. in Accounting from Luther College and was a Certified Public Accountant.