Asking for Feedback

If you could pick your boss, you might make a different choice. But you don’t get much say in the matter. A bad boss relationship can wreck your career and make your life miserable. Use our free coaching tips to sharpen your “boss management” skills.


Although no one enjoys being criticized, we should try to view criticism as useful feedback. At best, we may learn about habits or traits that we need to change. And at the very least, we will better understand the other person’s viewpoint. Critical feedback can help you improve, both personally and professionally. The most effective people invite helpful criticism through Critical Feedback Discussions.

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To become more effective at work, we often need to change longstanding habits or behaviors. The acronym AMESH sums up the five steps required to accomplish any personal behavior change: Awareness, Motivation, Education, Substitution, and Habit Replacement.

If you believe that certain behaviors are creating problems for you – or if others have told you so – then the AMESH formula may help you figure out where to start the change process.

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Are you a “difficult employee”? Your answer to that question is probably a resounding “no” – but would your manager agree? You may assume that you would know if your boss held this view, but managers often fail to tell employees what they’re thinking. However, they may freely share their opinions with others. Getting a reputation for being “hard to manage” can definitely limit your career.

To succeed in any job, you must be able to get along with management. So take a minute to look at things from your boss’s point of view. See if you’re guilty of any of these “unmanageable” behaviors.

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