The Art of Giving and Receiving Advice

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Giving and Receiving Advice

In a recent article about giving and receiving feedback by David A. Garvin and Joshua D. Margolis talk about the different types of advice you can give.

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“Seeking and giving advice are central to effective leadership and decision making. Yet managers seldom view them as practical skills they can learn and improve. Receiving guidance is often seen as the passive consumption of wisdom. And advising is typically treated as a matter of “good judgment”—you either have it or you don’t—rather than a competency to be mastered.”

“Here we focus on situations that involve big, risky, or emotionally charged decisions—those in which you might consult with someone multiple times—because leaders struggle with such decisions and must learn to handle them well.”

“By understanding the different types of advice, seekers can make requests with greater precision – and advisors can give more targeted advice.”

Here are the areas that the article focuses on –

  • Discreet Advice
  • Counsel
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring

David and Joshua also follow on to talk about the biggest obstacles that both sides can face.

To find out more about more read the following article – https://hbr.org/2015/01/the-art-of-giving-and-receiving-advice