Regular, effective feedback is one of the most important ingredients in building constructive relationships and thriving teams. Openness creates trust and trust creates more openness. Feedback exercises aim to support groups to build trust and openness and for individuals to gain self-awareness and insight. Feedback exercises should always be conducted with thoughtfulness and high awareness of group dynamics. This is a good early feedback exercise when group members have developed some comfort and are still getting to know each other. It focuses on sharing appreciation and curiosity about each other.
To use feedback to create openness and trust in a group
Work in a small team or organize a larger group into groups of around 4 to 6. Groups should have at least some experience working together, as a basis for giving feedback.
With newer or less mature groups, use feedback exercises like Current Strongest Impression or I Appreciate… before using this one.
Give the instructions: “Write down the name of the person you are addressing. Complete the following two sentences for that person. Use the principles for effective feedback. Sign it with your name.”
“To _____: What I appreciate most about you is... What I would like to see more from you is... Signed, _____.”
In each smaller group, each participant completes the above sentences using one post-it for each participant in the group. Once all participants in a group are done writing, they deliver the feedback, one-by-one, verbally, handing the post-it note to its addressee afterwards.
The principles of effective feedback are inspired by: Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Source: Hyper Island toolbox
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