IT professionals are always striving to successfully deliver the next project. It’s in our DNA.
We live for turning business problems into dynamic digital solutions. We help to make a difference in the world of technology every day.
“I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better” ~ Elon Musk
The question is, are we actually performing to the best of our abilities? The obvious answer you will hear in most team meetings or 1-2-1 catch ups is “I’m busting a gut to deliver!” Are you busting a gut in the most optimal way? Look, this topic might touch a nerve for you but I have to ask the question “do you know what your friends and colleagues really think of you?”
“In a growth mind-set, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow.” ~ Carol Dweck
Like everyone, you are probably proud to be praised about the things you are strong at, and what about your blind spots? We all have blind spots. We develop habits and routine ways of doing things and sometimes become so blinkered that we inadvertently block out new ideas, opportunities and growth in our career.
I remember being approached by a senior colleague to provide him some 360 degree feedback. My question for him was ‘do you want honest and developmental or pat on the back stuff?’ He chose the former and I duly obliged and he’s still speaking to me! J The thing is, not all of us can handle finding out our blind spots.
“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” ~ Winston Churchill
Let’s be honest: while some colleagues may have no fears about letting you know what they think of you, others will choose remain diplomatic and professional. They will hide their true feelings. This could be detrimental to you, them and the wider team because you miss out on the chance to grow and be even better.
Benefits of 360 feedback
Here a three massive benefits of having 360 feedback post-project or quarterly:
Gain insights about yourself that you may not be aware of
Get first-hand knowledge from the people you are involved with involved with day to day
Make it easier to decide your ideal coaching and development plan going forward.
“We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve” ~ Bill Gates
You may have come across 360 in many forms. For some companies, there’s a formal questionnaire or survey depending on the level and for some it’s a more informal 3-5 question survey. You can even make the 360 totally anonymous. It doesn’t really matter how you go about collating the data, what’s important is that you get it and it can provide benefit in your career development.
Here’s a challenge for you: Arrange your own 360 feedback within the next seven days. Don’t wait for your manager to initiate one or wait for the end of project. Get it planned and get it done. Treat it like your own mini project.
Here’s your 4-step plan to get a simple and effective 360 review done:
- Get a list of participants you want to take part. I suggest colleagues who are peers, seniors, juniors, as well as clients.
Create your survey questions with the following questions:
- What are the things that I do best?
- What is one thing that I could do better?
- What other advice do you have to help me be more successful and perform better?
- Send out the survey and ask for it to be returned in one week (or get someone to send it on your behalf to help with anonymity)
- Review the feedback with your manager/colleague and draft up your development plan
“Feedback is a gift. Ideas are the currency of our next success. Let people see you value both feedback and ideas.” ~ – Jim Trinka and Les Wallace
So, where are you right now on your professional development journey? While you continue striving to successfully deliver the next project, remember to give yourself the gift of feedback. Build, measure, learn and grow. Become the best that you can be. It’s in your DNA.
I’m inviting you to enjoy the gift of feedback, you deserve the best!
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Donovan Grant is a Master Coach who helps IT Professionals to be more powerful so they can have more productivity, progression and passion in life and career! For more training and development wisdom for IT Professionals by an IT Professional vistit www.donovangrant.com.