The Value and Variety of Feedback

Getting feedback, especially constructive or critical of your efforts, can be hard. Do we react and try to correct what we deem unfair? Do we ignore it completely? Or do we look for pieces of it that we can absolutely apply and use as a growth experience to better our process?

Consider this: Feedback can also be challenging to GIVE – especially brutally truthful feedback. Some enjoy tearing others down, but there are nuggets of wisdom and truth even in the most hateful approach.

Do you wait for feedback to be given to you, or do you proactively solicit it?

In my younger, less effective days, I was less open to feedback. I wanted someone to recognize my efforts and tell me “great job” because I knew I was working hard and results were great. But I was not complete – I had yet to be forced to adapt and evolve and pivot and truly grow. One of my most critical career mindset shifts came when I not only became open to all feedback but I proactively went after it – for a different perspective, a unique approach, and learning from the people that have mastered their craft before me. We’re all a mix of the best practices we pick up around us. Don’t ever be afraid to change and don’t stop looking for ways to improve just because you don’t like the source or nature of feedback.


About cvheady007

I am a Christian, Husband, Dad, workaholic and author. Biography Carson Vincent Heady was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and moved to St. Louis in 2001. He has served in sales and leadership across Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Carson is best-selling author of the Birth of a Salesman series, the first book of which was published by World Audience Inc. in 2010. He released The Salesman Against the World in 2014, A Salesman Forever in 2016 and Salesman on Fire in 2020. He is also featured in Scott Ingram’s B2B Sales Mentors: 20 Stories from 20 Top 1% Sales Professionals. Carson is a 7-time CEO/President’s Club winner across 5 roles at AT&T and Microsoft and National Verizon Rockstar winner. He has been recognized as a top social seller at Microsoft and is consistently ranked in the top 25 sales gurus in the world on Rise Global. He is included among the Top 50 sales authors on LinkedIn. With over 330K social followers, Carson has also been interviewed on over 30 sales and leadership podcasts, by such luminaries as Jeffrey & Jennifer Gitomer, Jeb Blount, Brandon Bornancin, Sam Dunning, Larry Levine, Darrell Amy, Scott Ingram, Thierry van Herwijnen, Jim Brown, Sam Jacobs, Luigi Prestinenzi, Donald Kelly, Marylou Tyler, George Leith, Pat Helmer, Eric Nelson, Ron Tunick, Jeff Arthur, Mary Ann Samedi, Jean Oursler, Andre Harrell, Marlene Chism, Bill Crespo, Matt Tanguay, Josh Wheeler and Chad Bostick. He has also co-hosted the Smart Biz Show on EG Marketing Radio. His articles have appeared in several noteworthy publications such as SalesGravy, Smash! Sales, Salesopedia and the Baylor Sports Department S3 Report. Carson lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife Amy and daughters Madison, Sidonia and Charlotte.
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