Introduction to Coaching

The New Year is a convenient time to make changes big and small. We make resolutions and goals in an attempt to alter the fabric of our lives for the better. Here at the Feedback Loop, we’re going to be altering our content for 2017 (hopefully for the better). We’ll still be bringing you quality blog posts on the art of feedback and reviews on a weekly basis every Tuesday, but there’s going to be more consistency to the material in two important ways. First, we’re going to have themed

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The Carrot and the Stick

There has long been a difference of opinions about the proper application of carrot versus stick--positive versus negative reinforcement--in encouraging the culture of feedback in the Judge Program. There’s really not much stick in the Judge Program when it comes to reviews these days. The current review-writing requirements are solely for advancement and maintenance. In the past, there was a “requirement” for L3s to write one review per event they judged with 10 or more judges on staff

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Giving Thanks

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

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Taking Selfies – Part Four

Welcome back to the thrilling conclusion of the self evaluation series. If you’re just joining me, be sure to go back to Parts One, Two, and Three. This week, as the second half of my advice on how to write your Level 3 Self Review, I’ll be covering the final five Qualities of a Premier Judge. TEAMWORK, DIPLOMACY, AND MATURITY Grouped Qualities like this can be difficult to write about because they encompass related, yet different, aspects of you. In fact, this Quality used to be two separate

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Taking Selfies – Part Three

Over the last couple of months we’ve explored the general value of introspection and self reviews. This value is one of the reasons that the Level 3 Advancement Process requires a comprehensive Self Review (in caps to distinguish it from normal self reviews). It’s important for L3s to be able to examine themselves honestly and critically. This month I’ll go over four of the Qualities of a Premier Judge (L3), as well as offer quick tips for using these qualities to evaluate yourself with

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Feedbacklash

A lot of great stuff has been written about the feedback process, especially how to deliver it: Talk to the person first. Send a draft of the review in e-mail form. Balance the positive and negative feedback. Here’s the problem: these points are all centered on sparing the feelings of the person receiving the feedback. We spend no time discussing the feelings of the person giving the feedback. Have you ever given feedback to someone only to have them react defensively? Maybe you felt like

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Busting Three Common Myths About Reviews

What is a review? Fundamentally, it is a collection of words. The words form sentences, and sometimes, though not always, those sentences even make paragraphs. The collection of words offers an observation. Reviews are that simple. So why don’t people write more reviews? Some misconceptions or myths about reviews have created complications. Today I want to address three of these myths. Myth #1: A review is homework. Homework is assigned at school. It’s graded. Nobody likes homework.

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