Feedback is a Gift

Sam Panini
Sep 14, 2023

One of the core functions of a good mentor is ensuring that you know the negative things other people are already thinking about you.” — Aaron Renn

I read this quote and it reminded me how I’ve encouraged teammates and direct reports to “ABRM”: Always Be Recruiting Mentors.

There is a Venn diagram of the negative things people are thinking in your imagination, and the negative things people are actually thinking. The key is to identify the overlap.

A valuable mentor has the power to address sunk cost, ego, and motivated reasoning.

Feedback is a gift, and not everyone knows what to give.

360 reviews reveal blind spots, and a mentor who wants to see growth can say the quiet part out loud.