The folks at Freakonomics Radio have an excellent new podcast.
So when is a negative a positive? When the negative is feedback. We focus on a clever research project byAyelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago andStacey Finkelstein at Columbia. It argues that positive feedback certainly has its role — especially when someone isn’t yet fully invested in a new project or job — but if it’s improvement you’re after, then going negative is where it’s at:
The bottom line is – want to get better at something then ask someone what you are doing wrong. Unfortunately, this means that the current generation will never get better at anything because everybody gets a ribbon for turning up.
PS Sorry about the 70’s tight white pants but Errol Brown was the man……