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Why is it that getting feedback at work can feel like going to the dentist? We avoid it, pretend everything is just fine, and don’t get preventive check ups. The result can be painful— ever had a root canal? We know dozens of people who derailed (failed to achieve the success they or others thought possible), largely because they didn’t know how people saw them.

You need regular, honest feedback from your boss, coworkers, customers, and friends. You need straight talk from them about your relative strengths and weaknesses. That honest input is critical to your development, your success, and, ultimately, your satisfaction at work.

Yet, many people ...

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