Boss Wants Feedback on Her Performance — Sink or Swim?

My boss asked me to give her what I think she can improve upon — what is it that she does I want her to continue doing and what is it she can change?

The Team Doc Says…

Depending on the culture where you work, this could be a really good thing or a really bad thing.

If the culture is a learning one, I would imagine it would be safe to be a bit more frank than in a culture where fear is pervasive.

Only you know what your company culture is like. But in any culture, I think it would be safe to give this feedback from an “I” perspective. Here's an example:

  • It would really help me to stay on track if you checked in with me about once a week for 30 minutes.
  • It would be a good idea if we could get our team together every morning for 15 minutes to talk about what's on tap for the day.

See what I mean? You're telling her without telling her and in this job market that may be the safest thing you can do. But every situation is different, and if you are okay being frank and straightforward with her, make sure you use the feedback model so you deliver it properly. You can find the feedback model here.

About Denise O'Berry

Denise O'Berry is President of The Small Business Edge Corp, a small business consulting firm. A small business owner since 1996, Denise understands the challenges facing small business. She's lived them herself and helped hundreds of clients work through the frustrations, fears, and joys of owning a small business. Denise is the author of Small Business Cash Flow: Strategies for Making Your Business a Financial Success, a practical guide about keeping the cash in your business - where it belongs. Find more resources and tips at deniseoberry.com and askteamdoc.com