Ask for a “feed forward”
Getting quality feed back about your performance both on the personal and on the professional front is an uphill task
That is why Goldsmith, one of the top coaches for corporate leaders, says, “that leaders -- along with others in the workplace -- must instead rely on "feed forward" and not feedback”.
An alternative to asking for a feedback, which actually dwells on your past performance, Goldsmith suggests ask for a feed forward, which is nothing, but asking how one can become a better person or a more effective leader.
This more palatable for both, the person giving the feed forward and for the person hearing it.