"The feedback fallacy"

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This is the best business article I've read: https://hbr.org/2019/03/the-feedback-fallacy
The central idea is a science-based rebuttal of the "radical transparency" model. However, I found the most valuable sections of the article to be the components of the thesis. While this article was written from the perspective of working within a team, much of the lessons can be applied to how we think about our own learning and self improvement.

Some highlights: (1) "We're all color-blind when it comes to abstract attributes, such as strategic thinking, potential, and political savvy. Our inability to rate others on them is predictable and explainable--it is systematic"; (2); "Learning rests on our grasp of what we're doing well, not on what we're doing poorly, and certainly not on someone else's sense of what we're doing poorly. And second, that we learn most when someone else pays attention to what's working within us and asks us to cultivate it intelligently."; (3) "Excellence is idiosyncratic" and isn't simply the opposite of failure. "If you see somebody doing something that really works, stop her and dissect it." But picking out a few key quotes and points really doesn't do justice to the authors.

Interested to hear folks' opinions on this article, as well as any article recommendations.

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Feb 23, 2019

I would not recommend blaspheming the word of Lord Dahlio.

Mar 19, 2019

Late reply here. Thanks for posting this. I realised that my approach to feedback was not necessarily the best because I was only focusing on the things that went wrong. So at this month's feedback meeting with my supervisor I focused more on the things that went well and how I can recreate them to make them a habit.

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