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Avoid The 4 Common 360 Feedback Mistakes


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Even people with rhino hide for skin get nervous opening their 360 degree feedback report. Everyone you work with has rated you on your behavior, skills and experience. Everyone. There's no place to run to and no place to hide.

Warts and All

Your boss tells you what they think of you. Your team tells you what they think of you. Your colleagues and customers tell you exactly what they think of you. And then you have to figure out what you think of yourself. Sheesh - feedback overload!

What's hot and what's not

360 degree feedback can be useful. At its simplest, you do more of what people like, and do less of what they don't like.

360 degree reports usually give a detailed numerical analysis your strengths and development opportunities. But the analysis is only as good as the information going in at the front end.

Give as good as you get

Avoid the 4 common 360 degree feedback mistakes in your feedback and be ready to spot it in feedback to you.

Being Nice

If you don't want to offend, then don't give bad ratings! But you'll continue to get reports late, be missed of distribution lists or talked over in meetings. Honest feedback is the best gift you can give someone. I bet you'd rather you were told than continue to do something badly?

Bland Central

You may be asked to give feedback on someone you dont know well or deal with infrequently. Avoid giving bland, middle of the road ratings and consider skipping the questions you cant answer or comment on. Bland feedback is the equivalent of a matching socks and handkerchief gift set.

Shining Halo

Its natural for work mates to become personal friend and this can put a rosy glow over feedback. Focus on each question individually and think about specific work related examples to justify ratings.

Straight for the Jugular

When you feel the need to draw blood with spiky harsh feedback, think again. Those surveys are not always completely anonymous it could come back to bite you. Limit yourself to harsh feedback on the one or two behaviors that need to change. And why did you have to wait until the survey to get the knife out? How about tackling the problem behaviors closer to when it happened?

You can enjoy 360 degree feedback

Okay, so maybe Im stretching credibility by suggesting 360 degree feedback can be fun. But it can be useful. Make opening your next feedback report a less trepidations experience by taking heed of the 4 common 360 degree feedback mistakes and avoiding them.

And it will be better, I promise!

About the Author

Lyndsay Swinton is an experienced team leader, people manager and  business coach. Her website is - 'Management for the rest of us'.  Subscribe to her free no-nonsense Management Tips newsletter at  today.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2006-06-06 21:12:17 in Employee Articles

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