How to read a 360 degree assessment
- Aug 05th 2015
- Select observers which you believe are typically frank with you when giving feedback
- Don't look for people who will give a good picture of you for whatever reasons. If you don't have a choice, remind these observers that they have to be truthful in their responses and not worry about the identity. Give clear instructions.
- Select those who are ready to invest time in you for giving feedback. Don't try to push people into a feedback as they would do a shoddy job of it in a hurry.
- Include as many diverse people into it - peers, direct reports, vendors, clients, family, friends, etc. They see you interact everyday and can give you different facades that you wear while dealing with them.
- This is a confidential report. Nobody else has read this! Nobody needs to read it as well, until you decide to share.
- Remind yourself that this report is for your self awareness and betterment.
- People have invested their precious time to give you feedback and they want to support you in your journey. So say a silent "Thank You" to all the people who did it for you.
- Don't try to even think who would have said what and identify them. It would be a futile exercise and does not add value to you at all.
- The feedback was not a judgement of who you are. It is just a reflection of the facade you wear every time you interact with them. You are being shown a mirror and there is only you on the other side of mirror and nobody else.
- You have the choice to accept or reject the feedback given. But think deeply before making that choice. Both for accepting or rejecting.
Rajat is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with over 18 years of industry experience and over 2500 hours of coaching experience, helping people and organizations attain maximum effectiveness. His background includes working with CXOs, senior managers, managers and board of directors of small private companies to multi-billion dollar publicly traded organizations.