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Giving feedback

In our Nepali culture, we give utmost priority to relationships and always want to be in “good terms” with our colleagues, elders, relatives etc. In the professional setting, we often lean on the positive side when we provide feedback so we do not offend others, play it safe to avoid a possible confrontation, maintain the current relationship we have, among others.

But with this approach of providing only or mostly positive feedback, are we really helping the person, the team or the company? We have to sincerely believe in providing and asking for honest feedback and value the long term benefits of this approach. Giving only positive feedback will not help the individual, team or anyone for that matter to improve. It also means that you are not doing proper justice to that relationship.