Back in December, at a Mid-Atlantic leadership conference, the topic at hand was "Reviews and Feedback Culture." From there, it was decided that they would challenge the Northeast to a year long Review Showdown. The very next day, a representative issued the challenge to Io Hughto, RC of the Northeast at the NE Regional Conference. (Ahem, I issued that challenge over Slack DURING our conference. -edb) The challenge is simple. Over the course of the year, judges will write reviews. At the end
Celebrating 100 Posts!
Welcome to The Feedback Loop's 100th post! In celebration of this milestone, we as the blog staff have each written 100 words about feedback and a brief introduction to our involvement in the judge program. Join us next week for a continuation of the celebration with contributions from you, our readers!
If I Could Change One Thing About Feedback
Changing your perception of feedback isn’t something that happens because you read an article. It happens because you make a positive choice for the future in how you wish to leave your mark on the program.
Thanksgiving. A holiday for eating turkey, watching football, and yes, giving thanks. “Thanks” is an important word in feedback, so much so that it is the name of my favorite book on the subject: Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen. This book discusses feedback in three primary types: appreciation, coaching, and evaluation. I read a lot of pop psychology books. Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, the Heath brothers, Angela Duckworth. But among that library, Thanks for the
The Spiderman Review
I’m not sure how many of you out there have been called a superhero. For those of you who haven’t, let me tell you: It definitely gets your attention. A little over a year ago I received a review from that I refer to as the “Spiderman Review.” This review was eye opening; it helped me realize that I had been living the “great power, great responsibility” mantra Spidey has become known for. The scope of the work I was doing at events and back home in Richmond was above the expectations
Feedbag #7: Leading a Horse to Water
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Feedbag! Last time, we covered the subject of review drafts. This month, our question is about how to help enable feedback when you’re in a leadership role: I’m team leading at an upcoming event, and I’d like to encourage my team to review each other. Do you recommend any strategies or approaches that have worked well in facilitating review exchanges and/or making sure that the reviews are actually written after the event? This question is actually
Taking Selfies – Part Two
This month’s contribution to the Self-Review Series comes from the editor’s desk. Thanks, , for letting me jump in. Self-reviews are pointless. They take too much time. They’re redundant. Part One of this series is meant to convince you otherwise. All the same, Riki and I have recently asked a number of judges why they don’t write self-reviews, and those responses are the most common. Today, I want to posit my own theory on why self-reviews are written so rarely: Self-reviews
Steet Smarts: Feedback and the 4-Minute Mile
Let me tell you a story about the 4-minute barrier for the world record one-mile run. For nearly a decade, the record stood untouched at 4:01.4. People thought running a mile in under four minutes was literally impossible. Then, in 1954, Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3:59.4. The next month, John Landy broke the new record. And over the course of the next two years, fourteen more runners joined the ranks of sub-4-minute milers. Roger Bannister broke a psychological barrier that existed in
Taking Selfies – Part One
Self reviews are somehow simultaneously the easiest and hardest type of review. What makes them so, and how can you average those two sides out to find a happy medium? It’s common for newer judges to not even realize that writing a self review is a thing that they can do. With your first exposure to reviews likely being your L1 Advancement Review, it’s easy to get locked into the mindset that reviews are a peer-to-peer tool. But there’s a subtle hint in the review submission form; every
It’s Never Too Late to Start Again
We all (hopefully) have goals. These goals have a variety of purposes, timelines, and success criteria. We will, invariably, fail at some number of our goals. It’s perfectly fine for this to happen. I started this year with the goal of writing at least one judge review at every multi-judge event I worked this year. As you can guess, I have failed at that goal. Let’s explore the process of failing to achieve goals you’ve set, as well as how to reset and re-establish goals to ensure future