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Dear Sir, thank you very much for sharing such a valuable write-up and I completely agree with your notion on the importance of seeking feedbacks. Feedbacks are important to grow and mould ourselves because most of the times we tend to over-estimate our capabilities while making a decision, which blinds us from the realties. In professional life, feedbacks are important as a wrong decision taken by a manager can have multiple repercussions both inside and outside his corporate and feedbacks hold such importance in personal level also. Thus, it becomes imperative for us, especially as MBA students to cultivate the habit of taking feedbacks. Seeking feedbacks to improve ourselves also plays a pivotal role when working in teams to ensure the long-term sustainability and cohesion among team members. A new born child observes its surroundings to understand how the parents react when it cries, and learns to cry whenever it is hungry which is a typical example of how to receive and understand feedbacks to mould ourselves. However important might it be, we often tend to ignore it as we fear the possibility of confronting undesired feedbacks. Also, the ego of oneself, acts as a barrier in his/her approach for feedbacks, especially in case of a manager asking for it from his/her subordinates. This process of feedback seeking applies to everyone irrespective of age, profession and relevant experience etc. as there is room for all of us to improve on what we are today. Feedbacks are futile, if one cannot use them to improve himself. Irrespective of the barriers, assuming one takes feedback, does he/she receive it well? and once received do they use it to improve themselves? Most of us, take feedbacks just for the sake of it or under some compulsions, but do not give them the required attention. Feedbacks are very critical to teachers as they are to students as they can help in better bond, leading to improved learning for both. The culture of growing the necessity to take feedbacks must start from school level during the formative years of a student and once imbibed with this habit, it improves his/her ability to give feedbacks, which would trigger the necessity to accept them by the receivers. I really liked your mention of ‘Bill Gates’ theory for creating the best teachers’ and your views on various best practices to improve teacher’s capabilities. However, considering the teaching methodologies in most of the contemporary institutes in our country, the question that ‘can all these practices be applied and if applied will they yield the right results?’ remains. Current pedagogy focuses on delivering the content in books to students in most institutes and with the lack of basic infrastructure in most of the schools and colleges in the country, I personally believe, practices like compulsory video recording of all teachers of their sessions (or at least some of their sessions, randomly chosen without prior intimation) could prove difficult to implement. However, I believe other practices are very much implementable and in doing so, they should go a long way in making the best teachers.

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