Describe a time when you were surprised by feedback that you received.
Describe a time when you were surprised by feedback that you received. What was the feedback and why were you surprised?
I was recruited to the army after participating in an intelligence program for which only out of over 10, candidates were selected. I elected to train 20 soldiers and improve the work methods of a prestigious department. I discovered it was difficult to find the opportunity to initiate meaningful change in an already efficient department.
I was surprised — I thought I was doing my work well enough and assumed that I would be noticed and chosen to be an officer. It was my first real disappointment as a young adult. I was used to achieving whatever I aimed for. Although I was glad for my friends who were chosen, I was disappointed for myself.
I tried to analyze my actions so I could understand the reasons for this negative feedback on my performance. First, I admitted that I wrongly chose a project based on superficial impressions rather than real opportunity. Second, I was a competent young manager, but not a leader who reached beyond the job requirements.
I realized that in order to be recognized as a future officer, I had to make sure my commanders were aware of my achievements and potential. Otherwise, why should they choose me to be an officer?
As in the business world, a good marketing plan can make the difference between success and failure. Now that I had the experience to identify opportunities, I asked to be assigned to a different project, where I could make a positive impact on a different department.
I also decided to be more pro-active about promoting my opinions and ideas in our work meetings. This early feedback influenced the rest of my professional military career.
I learned how important it is to make decisions based on knowledge and analysis.
I also learned that my ability to deeply analyze a situation increases with experience. When I was offered my recent promotion to Head of the Technological and Intelligence Research Section, I conducted thorough research to validate my intuition that it was the right move for me.
I similarly did my homework before I chose an undergraduate program of study and have been researching MBA programs since I also learned the importance of getting attention in a big organization.
When I was promoted to compound commander, I understood that a major part of my success would be to market the achievements of my compound and my part in them. Ultimately, due to strategic upgrade program I initiated and executed, my compound received additional resources and managerial attention.
This experience taught me that surprising, authentic feedback, taken in the right spirit, can really help me to understand my own weaknesses and to grow by improving them.
Surprising feedback is really an opportunity rather than an insult.
In this case, I gained a lesson that paid valuable dividends during the rest of my career: Making wise choices and getting the most out of every opportunity is the best way to help the goddess of luck help you.If it works for HBS, it works for us!
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Chicago Booth, which has never shied away from change, has changed its MBA application essays almost entirely this year. A few highlights: • Booth went from one required essay with a visual presentation option to two required essays.
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