Problem With Your Boss? Here’s How To Give Constructive, Helpful Feedback

Providing constructive feedback to a colleague can feel uncomfortable, but when it’s to your boss, it’s downright nerve-wracking. However, if they are doing something that negatively impacts you or the company, it’s important to speak up and let them know. 

Striking the right balance is key here: You want to offer your honest perspective, but you don’t want to come off as disrespectful or unappreciative of their hard work.

Click here to gain insights and read tips from 15 Forbes Coaches Council Members who share how to tactfully and professionally give constructive feedback to a bad manager. Follow their advice the next time you need to have a difficult conversation with your boss.

Our CEO Lisa Christen‘s tip was featured:

Frame Feedback In The Right Context

You can make giving feedback easy if you frame it in the context of wanting to do better on a shared goal or purpose. For example, “Hey boss, you know that big project? I think we can be even more effective if you could provide regular status updates.” Instead of focusing on what’s “wrong” or not working about the behavior, make a suggestion that expands your possibilities of future success. 

Lisa Christen, CEO, Christen Coaching & Consulting

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