[AFR] 10 ways CEOs can get real feedback on their performance

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Chief executives want to be told how they are doing. A 2013 Stanford University survey of 200 North American CEOs found that all of them were receptive to making changes based on external feedback, but two-thirds didn’t get any feedback or advice.

The key to receiving valuable feedback is to ask for it, but there’s a fine line between receiving feedback that informs positive change, and people saying what they think you want to hear. In a one-on-one setting, here are 10 tips for getting real feedback.

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[AFR] It’s not who you know, it’s how they know you that helps you get ahead

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As part of my role helping chief executives and non-executive directors build trust and profile, I often interview members of their inner circle to obtain feedback that may help develop their skills or step up to the next role.

From the hundreds of interviews I’ve completed, I’ve found some tell-tale signs that indicate when an individual sees themselves very differently from their peers and colleagues.

This perception gap can potentially have a significant impact on their career.

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[AFR] The truth about the CEO and directors’ club

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I’ve built a job for myself working with CEOs and non-executive directors, helping them to build trust and profile. It’s fascinating work that very often leads to discussions about career goals and frustrations. On occasions we talk about what’s going well. But most of the time we talk about what’s not working.

Of these conversations, one of the most frequent is when my client confides that they’re not “in the club”. This conversation happens with surprising regularity. It comes from people young and old, senior and junior, male and female. It is truly equal opportunity paranoia.

Read the full article at The Australian Financial Review