Giving feedback to others is very difficult—but it is an essential task in order to be a strong, successful leader. Whether you are talking to employees, partners, or anyone else, giving constructive feedback that successfully improves a situation is not as easy as you think.
No one has all the answers, all the time. No matter how well a person is doing, how many things are working out, it is essential to always question and critically evaluate your thinking. You have to be open to doubt.
Entrepreneurs are naturally driven people. They are motivated to go out, take action, do it all themselves and do it now! It is all about speed and efficiency. We want to solve problems, speed up, make quick decisions. It’s all to get to the top and achieve more. And it’s amplified in modern society, with technology making multitasking and immediacy easier than ever.
To build a successful company, you have to figure it out. You have to learn how to do it, starting with insight from others—but ultimately, you have to do it. Alan Dabbiere is a great example of somebody who learned how to build a business—and then did it again.
The difference between givers who climb the success ladder and those who struggle comes in who they do their giving to. The most successful givers are strategic when they give: they will give generously to fellow givers as well as to takers, but they will be very cautious about giving to takers.