In almost all professions, there are job performance reviews between managers and employees. This is a great test for a manager. As with everything else, there are good approaches and not so good ones. I’ll start with examples of poor manager feedback. The manager speaks in generalities: “You’re not strategic.” They exaggerate: “You never hit your numbers” or “You’re always late with your reports.” They lack proportionality or perspective: “You missed this meeting” without acknowledging time pressures of a major assignment that may have led to it. They also are loaded with first-time critiques and pent-up surprises. This will sound familiar to many of us, on the receiving—and perhaps even the delivery—end.