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Why ‘Feedback’ Is Overrated

Here’s what to ask for instead

One young businessman gives his colleague some constructive criticism as The colleague looks at his tablet.
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If you’re really looking to get constructive criticism at work, don’t ask for feedback.

That may sound counterintuitive in today’s world of performance evaluations, project postmortems, and 360-degree reviews. Modern work culture is all about feedback, and we’ve invented plenty of ways to deliver it. But each of these opportunities has the…




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