I’ve have some misgivings about #2 (ask for specific feedback). Sure, you should do so when it is unclear, but some of her examples are lame, frankly, and detracts from the point. Does a salesperson really need to be told how to define how to achieve “more client contact” or “more sales”?
Per some of the other ideas, it is far better to come to the table with a solution. Suggest appropriate measures and targets, don’t wait for your manager to provide them.
I had a sales guy miss quota and tried to get to the bottom line — you’re just going to have to close “more sales.” The response…”what do you mean by more sales?”
Ummm, dude! Perhaps looking at that quota you missed might be instructive….