What is the true power of feedback? VIDEO

In this video, Dr. Melissa Gratias reads an excerpt from her book, Set Goals…even if you’re not convinced you’ll achieve them.

Do you understand what happens AFTER you give or receive feedback?



Excerpt from Set Goals…even if you’re not convinced you’ll achieve them:

Feedback, at its most basic level, is simply information about your performance. By itself, feedback is powerless to impact you. In order for it to result in motivation toward change, you must (1) be dissatisfied with the feedback received, (2) believe that you have the ability to improve, and (3) set more goals. Therefore, the true power of feedback is its ability to show you that there is a difference between your actual versus desired performance and induce you to set goals to bridge that gap. Once goals are set, feedback gives you the information you need to determine where you stand in relation to your desired state. So, feedback can both induce as well as reinforce goal achievement.


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Dr. Melissa GratiasMelissa Gratias (pronounced “Gracious”) used to think that productivity was a result of working long hours. And, she worked a lot of hours. Then, she learned that productivity is a skill set, not a personality trait. Now, Melissa is a productivity expert who coaches and trains other businesspeople to be more focused, balanced, and effective. She is a prolific writer and speaker who travels the world helping people change how they work and improve how they live. Contact her at getproductive@melissagratias.com or 912-417-2505. Sign up to receive her productivity tips via email.



  1. Aaron Glover

    Hi Melissa,

    Thank you for your insights about feedback and how important it is for the receiver to take positive action.

    I would like to recommend the following book about feedback called “Thanks for the Feedback” by Douglas Stone and Shelia Heen. You may have read it already.

    The link below is a terrific summary (13 pages) of the book but worth the read -https://www.essentialleadershipapps.com/uploads/5/8/4/4/58449207/thanks_for_the_feedback_-_sheila_heen.pdf

    All the best,

    • Melissa Gratias, Ph.D.

      Thank you, Aaron. I will check out the book. Take care, Melissa


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