Giving Your Boss Feedback: How honest should you be?

Episode #284 // “There are very few bosses who will say “no” when asked if they’d like feedback. But even though they might say “yes”, you have to read the play – do they really want to hear it?”

I spend a lot of time and energy helping leaders to build their capability in giving feedback to their people: how to engage them in difficult conversations; how to review their performance; how to know when it’s time to say goodbye to someone who isn’t performing.

Let’s face it, if you want to be even mildly competent as a leader, this is a core skill. It has a technical element (of course) but, even more important are the psychological and emotional elements.

In this episode, I flip the script to look at how to give feedback to the people above you. How can you give feedback to your boss, in a way that is respectful and direct? But more importantly, in a way that gives you a high chance of success — that is, your boss actually listens to you!


I cover how to tell if your boss is receptive to feedback and, if so, how you earn the right to provide it. I explore the role of the trusted advisor. And I give you a practical, seven-step process for delivering feedback to your boss that you can download for free by clicking here.


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