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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 led with thoughtfulness and high awareness of group dynamics.



Support groups to build trust and openness and for individuals to gain self-awareness and insight




    Step 1:

    In a team or in small groups, each person prepares feedback for each other person, based on the following prompts:

    • What I appreciate about (person)...
    • What I’d like to see more from (person)...

    Facilitator notes

    This is an exercise for groups or teams that have worked together for some time and are familiar with giving and receiving feedback. One team member sits with his/her back to the group, while other members speak about him/her in the third person.

    Step 2:

    Taking turns, one member sits with his/her back to the group. Then, the other members speak about this person in the 3rd person for 90 seconds. They convey their feedback as if the person were not in the room. Meanwhile, the subject of the feedback writes notes about what he/she hears. Then, rotate, and give each person a turn.

    Step 3:

    After each person has taken a turn with his/her back to the group, take a few minutes for everyone to review and reflect upon their feedback. To close, do a round where each person shares one or two pieces of feedback that they will take with them and apply in some way.


    Source: Hyper Island toolbox

    Hyper Island designs learning experiences that challenge companies and individuals to grow and stay competitive in an increasingly digitized world. With clients such as Google, adidas and IKEA, Hyper Island has been listed by CNN as one of the most innovative schools in the world

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    • I like it but I am uncomfortable encouraging the lack of courage for feedback to be given face to face. As a method to discuss problem solving for a problem some one has it is perfect but less so for the relational respectful act of giving feedback

      11 months ago
    • This appears to be based on Ritual Dissent, a method developed by Dave Snowden.

      about 1 year ago