What feeling just went through you? Excitement? Curiosity? Now, what if I told you the “gift” was feedback? Perhaps that feeling changed? That’s what we tell our coaching clients – “Feedback is a gift – you only get it a few times in your career, so receive it openly and constructively!” Yet, what do they actually feel? I think that feeling should change…
Have you ever been in that place of giving feedback – giving the “gift?” How did it feel? Even more, have you felt the discomfort, as coach, getting ready to share feedback from colleagues with your client – that in-between place? Or, can you recall a time when you received “feedback”? What was it like for you?
The shift positive 360 has at its core, two main themes:
o Positive Psychology – the scientific study of what is right with people, communities and organizations – or wellbeing. Second,
o social systems. Relationships are critical to our coaching client’s ability to change & thrive. Marshall Goldsmith’s organization found that one variable is key to positive long-term change – the participation and ongoing interactions with colleagues.
What positive psychology teaches us…
Unfortunately, we too often fail when conducting 360’s. First, we customarily follow our questions about the client’s strengths with questions about weaknesses. This only seems natural. However, it also triggers the negativity bias and that’s where the client’s attention goes. There’s a better way to do it. Rather than trying to dissect weaknesses, dig for what to do instead. This takes work on our part. We need to clearly identify what success looks like for our client to the level of behavioral detail.
Engage the human system
With respect to social systems, too often the 360’s fail there too. Under the guise of confidentiality and brevity, participants are asked to complete a quick survey and then are on to their next email. But remember, clients don’t change by themselves. They’re part of social systems. If the people in our client’s human system don’t know what the client is working on and aren’t looking for specific changes in behavior, they won’t see the changes even when they happen. Moreover, for the new behaviors to stick, it takes recognition and reinforcement by the people around our client.
Making deeper change
As coaches, a 360 process is not just about the individual client. It is about creating an environment conducive to deeper, lasting change, which occurs faster, with more dialogue, disclosure and depth. All are stakeholders in each other’s success.
Join the discussion
Unfortunately, most people look forward to a 360 like they do a performance review and it doesn’t have to be that way. Join a free webinar discussion on how you can challenge these notions of confidentiality, get people involved in the success of your client, and use positive psychology to create better client outcomes. We’ll share what we’ve learned over the last 5 years of using this approach and hope to learn from you as well. Also, see how this approach actually leads to more clients as interviewees seek to get their own 360.
Check out this approach by joining a FREE 45 minute webinar to learn about a new way to give feedback: the shift positive 360 (see video below). Mark your calendar for one of the webinars listed and learn more before the next coach certification training on June 10-11 in Minneapolis!
WEBINAR #1: To join on Thursday May 12 @ 2pm CT click here: https://lnkd.in/b-afAVd
WEBINAR #2: To join on Friday May 20 @ 1pm CT click here: https://lnkd.in/bG2_dAX
Video Link: shift positive 360 Powtoon
Also, check out the website where you can learn more or to register for certification: www.shiftpositive360.com