The full power of 360 degree feedback comes after the report has been created. It’s when the participant really starts to apply the my360plus feedback in their world.
In fact, reports are a waste of paper unless and until the messages get taken on board and tested in real-world situations.
The paper or pdf report is a great tool. And the feedback we get from our line manager or coach is useful too. But the challenge is to keep up the pace after that initial feedback session.
This is where my360plus has the edge.
My360plus doesn’t stop with a paper report. Participants get access to a fully-interactive personal development site to explore their profile, decide on their development goal, to share with their network, for ongoing feedback.
That’s why we say my360plus is unique. You can see more of the great features in these short videos.
The online feedback process leads naturally into practical continuous development so you really get a return on you investment in my360plus.
Participants receive a personalised digital report (pdf) with clear explanations, a workbook, coaching tools and action planner.
They can set short- or long-term goals and invite feedback from their observers.
- Clear: which means that the report is easy to understand, with coaching tips against each behaviour
- Strengths-based. The report uses strengths rather than numbers, in addition to easy-to-understand visuals of participants’ results.
- Excellence benchmark. The report benchmarks the participant against people with similar roles, operating at high levels within that role. Which means that participants can compare themselves to others with similar levels of responsibility.
- Addresses limitations. It reports on limitations objectively, so participants know where to put their development effort. It also means they can plan their longer term growth.
- Clear and understandable. In conclusion, the my360plus report supports the individual’s learning and growth
If you want to find out more about the power of my360plus feedback, get a free live demo today.
Leadership trends help us focus on better leadership development, so understanding them enables organisations to prioritise investment in the right leadership qualities and talent management. Leadership development is still a hot topic: ‘bad’ leadership may be under the spotlight at the moment, but the demand for transformational leadership continues. Leaders and managers need to receive better, and more constructive feedback. It’s important to understand the leadership qualities and, as a result, the practical skills people need to be successful in this environment.
At a recent International Leadership Association Conference, one of the keynote speakers talked about the “four global revolutions”: leadership trends in IT, Energy, Manufacturing and Life Sciences. It’s now clear how these affect our lives more generally, but let’s focus on how they affect leadership development and talent management, as global and individual trends.
You’ve invested in your 360 degree feedback tool; set up the process and briefed the participants on how it all works. Your HR team stand ready to coach your leaders and managers on their reports. So what could possibly go wrong?
Let’s be blunt. With any 360, it’s rubbish in, rubbish out. So it’s important to get the best from your observers and coaches, not just the participants themselves.
The Sunday Times recently published an article about the major problems conflict can cause in the workplace, especially if avoided by managers and leaders. Studies have shown that up to 40% of an executive’s time is spent dealing with conflicts. Another study shows that more than 65% of performance problems result from difficult employee relationships. The ability to manage conflict can define a good and a bad leader.
We are all, by nature, emotional creatures, and it would be impossible to conceive that all differences between us could be avoided. The workplace breeds a climate rife for blowing conflicts out of proportion. It brings together so many different aspects of society – be it through differences in age, experience, upbringing or culture – and mixes them together in a close environment. To use a cooking analogy, rarely do recipes succeed when ingredients are randomly chosen and combined without forethought and careful planning! The resulting dish can certainly be unpalatable!
So how to do we ‘choose the correct ingredients’ and ‘mix them’ together for a successful recipe?
- Recognise that conflict exists and seek it out. By addressing it early it is possible to avoid an escalation. However don’t look for arguments for argument’s sake – analyse what is important and likely to impact on performance.
- Set the ground rules. There should be a clear understanding of what is acceptable behaviour.
- Effective communication. Clear, concise, accurate and timely communication of information will help ease both the number and severity of conflicts.
- Use empathy (a Schroder High Performance behaviour) to understand individual motivations and attitudes. Involved parties often have personal agendas that may conflict. Also remember what might seem trivial to one person, might be a source of stress to another.
- If possible, approach conflict from the perspective of taking the action that will help others best achieve their goals. Always look for a win-win solution if possible.
- Identify the strengths of his individual team members and clearly communicate their roles and contributions towards a common goal.
- As we often discuss in our my360plus blogs, regular feedback is essential towards creating a more open and constructive working environment, with increased self-awareness. Openness in the workplace is a vital ingredient, essential for encouraging creativity, improving systems and making team members feel valued. If fear of conflict is acting as a barrier to this then productivity will be impacted. Recognise that differences in opinions are not always a negative.
- Have relationship and team building events. These are always valuable whether you are building a new team, integrating new members to an existing team, or need to refresh relationships within more established groups.
- Don’t put your head in the sand. Conflict rarely resolves itself and will normally escalate if not dealt with proactively and properly.
- Don’t get involved in the ‘drama’. Maintain neutrality and don’t tolerate self-serving behaviour.
Back to the cooking analogy – by quickly recognising when an ingredient is damaging the taste, it needs to quickly be removed, or counteracted with a remedy that removes the bad taste. Ignoring it may result in burnt offerings.
My children have been back at school a few weeks now and we have just about settled back into the routine of it all. My eldest son is now at secondary school and has been subjected to various assessment tests to determine which sets he goes into for the key subjects. This process of working out his strengths and areas for development reminded me, of course, of my ‘day job’. However, it struck me as no coincidence that my360plus saw a marked increase in demand for 360 degree profiling in September.
I think that it is has been ingrained in us that this time of year we all go ‘back to school’. In the world of work there is often a shift from the slower summer mindset to a more focussed attitude. The French even have a word for this: ‘La Rentrée’. Many French people are on vacation for all or part of August, which means that la rentrée, in September, is when everyone is returning home and going back to work.
So as we look at the year ahead, it is a good time to analyse what additional skills or training might be useful, so what should we be considering?
- Talk to our managers and discuss any available training that is related to the job we are doing, or future projects we will be involved in.
- Do we have a good self-awareness regarding our skillset? We should talk to our managers, peers and teams to gain their views.
- Consider what we are naturally good at and would like to develop and use more, rather than just the things we need to improve.
- Another option is mentoring or being mentored, providing the chance to share skills and experience with colleagues.
- If appropriate, talk to our managers regarding changing some responsibilities in order to develop new skills.
- Create a clear development path for the months ahead with distinct goals.
So how could my360plus profiling help you now?
- It creates a simple, straightforward, easy-to-understand profile of strengths and areas for development.
- Our 360 tool is straightforward, quick and easy to use online.
- It is an efficient and cost effective process.
- Our approach does not stop with the production of a report. my360plus sets up ongoing real-time coaching with plain English suggestions on what to work on and how.
- The development is measurable and is directly linked to improved performance.
- The approach is proven, and is underpinned by robust science.
“My philosophy is, put your employees first, your customers second and your investors third and, in the end, everyone will be happy.”
Virgin Boss, Sir Richard Branson, has nailed another PR coup. Setting the cat amongst the pigeons and challenging employers to discard the traditional holiday contractual allowance, he has dared to suggest that staff should be able to take as much holiday as they like.
At first glance this is a great way of empowering the workforce and trusting them to have more ownership of their work-life balance. I will watch his ‘experiment’ with interest as he has initially rolled out this new policy to 170 of this staff (his total workforce has more than 50000 employees around the world). The clever proviso is that any absence should not damage business or ‘their careers’.
Sir Richard Branson is a great case study in modern leadership, and we often cite him at my360plus as a great example when we are discussing the ‘involve’ and ‘inspire’ clusters of high performance leadership behaviours:
Involving Leadership Behaviours:
- Encourages a ‘hands-off’ approach to management so that employees make their own decisions. Branson trusts and empowers his teams.
- Makes employees feel truly valued and appreciated. This increases company loyalty and provides a true sense of purpose.
- Encourages communication and feedback. Did you know that he even gives out his phone number to all employees encouraging ideas, suggestions or comments?!
- Actively listens: he is very approachable, and is able to connect with people at all levels. Feedback is truly encouraged and valued.
- Seeks to always look for the best in people. He moves people into different jobs within the organisation to transfer, develop and maximise skills.
Inspiring Leadership Behaviours:
- Encourages his employees to be innovative and take risks. Branson himself is not afraid to make mistakes, taking on challenges, demonstrating determination and persistence to bounce back and learn.
- Promotes a clear vision that is consistently and clearly communicated – the ‘Virgin Brand’.
- Builds confidence in the company’s potential for success.
- Is a role model. Branson is motivating, energetic and ‘walks the talk’. “If you love what you do and if you believe in what you do, others will share your enthusiasm.”
- Has an innovative approach to business: likes to break ‘rules’ and do things differently.
- Values and rewards truly exceptional customer service.
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules,” Branson says. “You learn by doing, and by falling over.”