Dealing With Vague Feedback - Part 2

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do when I get feedback?
  • Should I ask for more detail when I get feedback?
  • Should I follow up when I get feedback?

This guidance completes our discussion on how to respond to vague feedback from your boss or others.

Many managers who say they give feedback to their people really don't. They give vague guidance like, "you need to open up more," or, "sometimes you're abrasive," or, "you need to be a leader." None of these is very helpful. What can we do when we get this kind of guidance from our boss?

[Note: this cast also applies to individual contributors, but it happens plenty to managers too, because for some directors, it's hard to be specific about managerial roles.]

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