Debriefing 360 degree feedback

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I have a number of debriefs coming up for clients.  It is one of the best parts of my job.  I really enjoy the conversations that I have, meeting the people behind a report, and seeking the insights that are in a 360 degree feedback report.

As I was planning my time for the upcoming weeks, I reflected on a practice that I have settled into for preparing for a 360 debrief. 

A day or two before a debrief I read the report for the first time and make hardly any notes.  Takes about 15 minutes.

On the day before the debrief I have an indepth read and make my notes – sign up for our white paper if you want to see our recommendations on how to do a debrief (or get in touch for one of our training courses). 

Then, at the meeting, I share the report with the individual and I read it at the same time as them – keeping an eye out for their reactions as they read it.

Now, I’m not saying that you should follow this timetable, but the basic structure; scan read, detail read, review makes a lot of sense to me.  I like the gaps in between because it suits how my mind works – I become familiar with the material with this structure and I start to intuitively see the links in the 360 degree feedback report. 

Brendan

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