Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
I encountered this article from HBR and find it quite useful not only in arts managers’ work but also in our daily life. Imagine you have read your creepy mid-term feedback and found something wrong. Do not lash out the innocent PC but come here to read this article.
It listed several points tackling bad performance review, among which I find three of them are effective to bring arts managers out of the puzzle of “What is wrong with my performance”. They are “Look for your blind points” ”Ask questions” and “Make a performance plan”. I believe many of us have already done like these steps before, and they are directly checking the core of problematic reviews.
I used to be afraid of receiving bad reviews of my works and take it as an indication of failure. Nevertheless I found it is negative feedbacks that made me grow rapidly and they have truly opened my horizons and helped me hit, related to this article, blind spots. The philosophy is “just face them directly”.
However, I am wondering if I am too optimistic about bad performance feedbacks. What if they are difficult to solve due to some irresistible reasons? And what if some bad reviews on the performance itself come from people who didn’t see the gist of this performance? Should we change the arts to some extent to cater our customers’ view?