Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Feedback Famine, #SOL15

No matter how old we are or how long we've been learning, feedback is essential to growth. When non-verbals are the only response we receive, it can be tough to make a solid assessment of our personal progress. A gentle nod, a kind smile, and a pat on the back go a long way. Without explicit feedback, we are left guessing whether or not we hit the target. Some scenarios do not allow for instant evaluation, and the learner must wait days, weeks, or even months to find out their performance results. This type of feedback prevents the learner from making mid-course corrections, and the individual is left wondering whether he or she had the skills needed for the job. Timely feedback is helpful, but it's not always doable. Sometimes learners have to wait to find out how they performed. In the meantime, they keep plowing ahead, honing their practice, and solving interesting problems. Learning is inherently risky, and we must accept our approximations. We aren't always going to hit the target on our first attempt, but we must be willing try.


  1. So you wait and wait and wait. You know if you are successful, but unfortunately if you aren't the chosen one, you most likely will not get feedback which definitely makes it very difficult to grow. Try to focus on the feedback you get from colleagues to improve and celebrate successes! In the meantime...hurry up and wait! :) Good luck!

  2. Ugh. I hate waiting. My inner voices drive me crazy.
    There's zero learning in that, for sure.
    Love your Brene' Brown post-it note.

  3. Oh, I completely understand your frustration!! This is a season of frustration!!