You Must Ask for Critiques

A few weeks ago I was traveling up to the mountains of Virginia from Atlanta by myself for a few hours and made a few phone calls to pass the time. Over the last year or so I have found myself actually liking to make phone calls instead of texting. That has nothing to do with this story, but maybe a post for a later date.

On one particular phone call a buddy and I got into the discussion of that uneasy & terrible feeling you get when your boss, coworkers, higher ups, etc. are not sharing with you what they truly believe about your work performance. When days, weeks, and even months go by when you never hear anything specific about your work peformance. You may get the weekly “great job”, but you get that gut feeling there is something there that they would like to tell you. And I get it, confrontation is not fun. Telling someone how to improve honestly (for most normal people) is not a natural thing we do. So for many people they wait until the annual review to get the download of all the things they “could” have improved on during the last 12 months. And I did exactly that until recently when I decided to go after the critiques and ask specific ways to improve… weekly.

Basically I decided to go on the offense and seek improvement instead of being asked to improve. So I personally call my boss (production director) each Saturday night on the way home after our Saturday night worship experience and ask…

  1. What he thought.
  2. What can I/we do better.
  3. What do I/we need to do again the next day.

Fortunately I have boss who loves to talk shop so the phone doesn’t bother him (that I’m aware of). And with Atlanta traffic we both have some time on our hands.

So this week start asking your boss the three questions I ask each week myself. I promise you that you will only get better clarity on what you are doing. You may just find out you are better than you thought and you can relax a little with the worry. Or you may find out your not as good as you thought and you have some improvement. Either way it will be a win for yourself and your team.

About the Author
I reside in Atlanta, GA with my incredible wife (Kirsten) my little man (Noah), and my baby girl (Haven). Currently work as the Video Director at Victory World Church in Atlanta and on the board of directors with Church Technical Leaders.

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