The F Word

I am talking about FEEDBACK. We live in suspense till we get it. And then when we get it, we are not always sure what to do with it! Yep…this is going to be a rant!!!

As a matter of principle, I have nothing against Feedback. In fact, in our development sector, feedback becomes even more important as we aspire to be participatory and contextual. So we should welcome, or rather, consciously seek feedback from contracting agencies/NGOs as well as key stakeholders involved in a particular assignment. We may get points that we hadn’t thought of. We may be challenged in our understanding and practice. This is good. This is needed. I am all for it.

But then, some people also turn feedback into a time consuming/whimsical/irrational/ “I am so great you need to listen to me” exercise. Take your pick. I am sure you would have experienced one or more of these scenarios. Sometimes, and this does happen, these scenarios even merge into one experience. It is like the Theatre of the Absurd. I never fully understood that when I was studying it in literature and now I do. Talk about collateral benefit!

Still, if we do manage to handle the stress and our temper and not lose our jobs, we may end up learning something. Like patience and diplomacy. Even improve our work related skills. What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger, right?