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Department of Biostatistics Seminar/Workshop Series

Actionable Feedback: Crafting Feedback that Facilitates Learning and Appropriate Behavioral Change

Mark D. Cannon, PhD

Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Vanderbilt Peabody College

Wednesday, December 1, 1:30-2:30pm, MRBIII Conference Room 1220

Delivering critical feedback can be brutal for everyone involved. Both feedback givers and feedback receivers tend to dislike the process. In addition, critical feedback often fails to produce the desired results. We describe how cognitive and emotional dynamics—how we think and feel while giving and receiving feedback—can complicate this process, making it more painful and less useful than it should be. These dynamics often interfere with the ability of recipients to process and respond constructively to feedback. They also interfere with the ability of feedback givers to formulate and deliver feedback that is high quality and does not produce defensiveness. Further complicating matters, both feedback givers and receivers have a difficult time recognizing how their own cognitive and emotional dynamics are hindering their effectiveness in the feedback process. We illustrate how these dynamics hamper the feedback giving and receiving process and how understanding them can help individuals produce more actionable feedback on performance (feedback that leads to learning and appropriate results). The presentation will be interactive and will provide opportunities discuss short cases and address questions about how to put the theory and concepts into practice.
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