The growing importance of feedback-seeking behaviour

2016-03-12

The personal capacity for learning at work is nothing short of a ‘super-competence’ of our time. This capacity is at the core of the progress of any modern company and, from the individual’s point-of-view, a key to staying employable.

As before, receiving high-quality feedback from ones supervisor or leader is important for learning. Across industries, however, the nature of work is self-driven, network-like and complex, leading to an increasing demand for qualitative feedback. A hallmark of individuals managing to grow with the fast demands of such work is the readiness to seek feedback themselves.

The mainstream of current work-life-thinking focuses feedback-giving. Introduction and support of feedback-seeking behaviour, too, needs leadership attention.
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This comment builds on experiences of the work at LearningMiles. It draws on the pioneering research on expertise and learning by the teams of LM’s research partners, professors Wim Gijselaers and Mien Segers of the Department of Educational Research and Development (ERD) at the School of Business and Economics in Maastricht University.


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