📝Ask for advice, not feedback




§ Mentoring § Feedback loop

When asked for advice, people suggest more ways to improve than when asked for feedback. This happens because feedback is associated with evaluation, so people tend to give vague and usually positive feedback; when asked for advice, however, people focus on the future and provide some actionable ideas.

However, novices might better ask for feedback rather than advice to avoid motivation drain (Novices typically find critical and specific feedback less motivating).