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 first feedback exercise. It supports individuals to try out giving and receiving a very basic form of feedback in a safe way.
Support groups to build trust and openness and for individuals to gain self-awareness and insight
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.
Read more about feedback before leading this method.
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.”
- My strongest impression of you up to this point is…
- Something I am curious about is... Signed, _____ ”**
An additional feedback prompt that can be added is “What impression I think I’ve made on you so far…” This prompt helps participants reflect more deeply on their perceptions of their own behaviour.
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 afterward.
The principles of effective feedback are inspired by: Marshall Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
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