Managers giving managers feedback on managing: How well is this done?

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This is the latest in a series of posts that identify where managers get feedback on being a manager.  I’ve explored quitting employees, attrition rates and management surveys, and I’ve come to the conclusion that none of these give specific and immediate feedback to the managers on how they manage.   OK, so how about the manager’s manager?  That surely is a place where managers get feedback on how they are doing, right?  After all, this blog discusses — nay obsesses over — how it is a manager’s role to provide feedback to their employees on how they are doing in their job.  It logically follows that a manager who manages a manager should give feedback on how well their employee is doing as a manager.

Well, let’s see how likely this is to occur

1. Managers tend to reinforce the behaviors that got them promoted

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