Please forgive the lack of humility in this post – I want to illustrate a point and this is the best way!
Yesterday I was recommended on linkedIn. The person; Bob Bell, is someone who I have known for some time and I had previously recommended his work. Bob wrote
It is an odd thing reading positive feedback about yourself. I found it had a number of effects.
- It reminded me of what I was good at
- It made me want to live up to that feedback
- It gave me a general lift
In 360 degree feedback you see a good amount of positive feedback and when debriefing the feedback we often take a lot of time to ensure that the recipient picks up the positive feedback rather than just hunting down the negative. It is also a great reminder that in performance appraisal processes in general there should be a balance of feedback. Not just because it is soft and fluffy but because it has real positive benefits for the recipient.