360 Feedback

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I consider myself to be quite an analytic person. I observe my actions and their effects carefully and occasionally (to my great surprise) I even found myself changing behavior based upon analysis of my past experience. But you can only improve what you can see, while blind spots cannot be fixed unless you change your position or ask others to help you. Upon suggestion from a friend I've decided for the latter, so in cooperation with Mateja I've asked my coworkers to help me find any blind spots that I might have. A 360 feedback is a tool for improving one's performance by garnering in an anonymous manner the opinions of coworkers. By comparing subject's self-perception with the perception of the people surrounding him or her, discrepancy and blind spots can be identified. For a thorough review of 360 feedback technique check this guide. The results of my 360 feedback have shown that I don't seem to have any prominent blind spots. But the feedback has nonetheless surfaced a few things that I've known already myself but I've somehow hoped others might not have noticed. So I'm definitely not the best at actively listening to others and seeking their views. And while I do support ideas for innovation from others, I too rarely openly change my view when a better alternative is presented. Finally, responding to the feelings and needs of others is not something that comes to me naturally, so I'll definitely have to learn to be more empathetic.

I was pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback I got from my coworkers. It seems I'm doing at least some things right! And since I'm a person primarily motivated by praise the whole experience of 360 feedback is providing me with a lot of motivation to improve in the few areas where my performance is not optimal.