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How To Make All Feedback Positive

Leaders often struggle to solicit input from coworkers. Here are four tips from DDI.

How To Make All Feedback Positive

1. Identify trusted advisers, and alert them to your desire for their feedback.

2. Make people aware that you may not always be comfortable hearing feedback—and ask for time to digest it.

3. Make collecting feedback a routine. If a month passes and you haven’t asked for feedback, it's been too long.

4. Remember: When you invite others to give you input, they expect that you will do something with it.

5. Disagreeing is allowed, but have constructive conversation to arrive at the best way forward.

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A version of this article appeared in the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Fast Company magazine.