Decoding Feedback in the Workplace: Understanding What It Means to Be More Strategic

Mar 31, 2023

Receiving feedback that you need to be more strategic can be both constructive and challenging. It means that the person giving you feedback believes that you have potential for improvement and growth in this area, but it can also be overwhelming to know where to start. Here are some steps you can take to address this feedback and become more strategic:

1. Ask for clarification. When receiving feedback, it’s essential to make sure you understand what the person giving the feedback means by “being more strategic.” Ask them to provide specific examples of what they believe you could do differently to be more strategic. This will help you to identify the areas that you need to work on.

2. Analyze the feedback. Once you have a clear understanding of the feedback, take some time to reflect on it. Think about your current approach and determine what you could do differently to be more strategic. Consider the feedback in the context of your current role and responsibilities. If becoming more strategic involves gaining a deeper comprehension of the various business departments within your organization that extend beyond your own, then you should identify individuals who can provide you with access to this knowledge.

3. Discuss with your line manager. If this feedback comes from a stakeholder who is not your line manager, it is important to discuss with your line manager, too to get their feedback and input. Your manager can assist you in identifying any blind spots or areas that you may have overlooked and provide guidance on how to achieve your objectives.

Furthermore, involving your manager in the process can help guarantee that your goals are aligned with the company’s strategic objectives and your current duties. This can aid in identifying and addressing any obstacles in advance. For example, suppose one of the strategic behaviors is to be more of a leader than an individual contributor, and you are still required to complete individual contributor tasks that take up the majority of your time. In that case, you will be unable to deliver. However, discussing this matter with your line manager in advance may assist you in devising solutions to manage the problem.

Alternatively, if you need a larger platform to demonstrate your ability to operate at the director level, you must understand how to construct that platform. Is it possible for you to take on a new project or manage a team? Can you assist someone else with a strategic project?

4. Develop a plan. Once you have analyzed the feedback and identified the areas where you need to improve, develop a plan to address these areas. This plan should include specific actions that you can take to become more strategic. Set measurable goals and timelines to track your progress.

5. Implement the plan. Once you have developed a plan, it’s time to implement it. Focus on taking small steps and making incremental changes over time. Track your progress and adjust your plan as needed.

6. Schedule regular check points to course-correct. It’s important to regularly check in with your key stakeholders to track your progress and make any necessary adjustments or corrections to your plan. This can help you stay on track and make sure that you’re making progress towards your goals. Additionally, it can help you identify any areas where you may need additional support or resources to achieve your objectives.

7. Seek feedback. Throughout the process, seek feedback from others to gauge your progress. Ask for feedback from your supervisor, colleagues, or mentor to ensure that you are on track. Approach a mentor or colleague who is known for their strategic thinking.

By asking your key stakeholders how you can be more strategic, you’ll gain valuable insights and ideas that can help you develop a more strategic approach to your work. You’ll also demonstrate your commitment to collaboration and your willingness to learn and grow as a professional.

Involving input and feedback from your manager, as well as regular check-ins to track your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your plan, will help you stay on track or course-correct if needed. By setting measurable goals and timelines, and involving your manager in the process, you can take concrete steps to improve your strategic skills and contribute more effectively to your organization’s success.

Remember, becoming more strategic is a process that takes time and effort. However, the rewards of investing in your strategic thinking skills can be significant, leading to improved decision-making, increased productivity, greater ability to achieve your goals and objectives, increased visibility, and being seen as

Written by Izabela Kramarz

With her 25+ year career in the corporate financial landscape, Izabela understands the intricacies of driving strategic transformations in people, processes, and perspectives.

Her posts are inspired by the work she does as a leader and coach with her clients and from her extensive experience in the workplace.



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