Integrating Feedback

Day 72 Week 11 Q1  Monday, March 13, 2023

Let us say you did ask for feedback and received it. Or did not. Ask again. Or imagine you did not ask for feedback at all but reviewed it anyway. However it came in, it is valuable. What are you going to do with it? Have you thought about this before it came in? Why not? Did you not expect any? Are you in the habit of not listening? 

There are so many different types and amounts of feedback. And all of it has time-varying value. Finding out the main character is totally inappropriate for your target audience after the movie is shot is not repairable. Finding out the ending does not work might be.

When do you get what? It can be a function of when you ask. Have you thought through the optimal order to ask for feedback? Or not even asked? 

The integration job can be rather large. And can dramatically alter your path forward. Is this a million-dollar project or a thousand-dollar project? This is good to know before you start writing checks. And before you begin searching for resources. How about the sources of feedback? Will some be insulted if they are not asked until the end?

Do you have an open mind about hearing what others have to say? Or are you convinced that you are seeing something that others are not and feel compelled to proceed in spite of feedback? This can be a legitimate path, as many people will not know what you are talking about until you do it.

Have you considered the appropriate form of the project or initiative to show others?  This is a tricky dance. The asking order, the order of who you ask when the questions are asked, and more can impact the value of the feedback. It is also an inherently political process, so be aware of this.   In fact, when you are asked for feedback, also think about these things. 

Feedback is powerful and valuable, and the process can be more or less managed. It is also continual. You can ask more than once. There is a dialog here, not a series of monologs.  Also, instead of thinking of this as something you must do, think of it as something you get to do.

It can be fun as well as developmental and useful. It can also be detrimental to everyone. There are some people you really do not want to ask.  You may be finding things out too late for this time. There also may not be a next time, or there may be many times. 

Feedback is time-consuming, potentially distracting or redirecting, and potentially life-changing in more than one dimension simultaneously.

Consider how you will process and integrate feedback before you ask for it. And before you determine the asking order? Allow enough time to use feedback. It is extremely valuable, so do not neglect it.  

Integrate Feedback.