This is what Marshall Goldsmith’s “feed forward” can do.
Try this simple exercise in your next team session. 15 minutes will do.
- Each team member chooses a point that they would like to change regarding their way of working (e.g., project handling, collaboration, leadership).
- Team members get together in pair
- s and decide who presents their wish for improvement first (= advice seeker) and who gives advise (= advise giver).
- The advise seeker asks the advise giver for 3 suggestions on how they could achieve the positive change.
- The advise giver proposes ONLY ideas for the future and does NOT comment on the past! Do not stop before you came up with 3 suggestions – they don’t have to be super creative!
- The advised person is only allowed to listen and take notes. NO COMMENTS! NO DISCUSSION!
- After having received 3 suggestions, the advised person thanks the advise giver for their suggestions.
- Advise-seeker and advise-giver change roles and start over again.
- After having finished, each team member finds a new partner for a new round. This can be repeated several times until 15 minutes are over.
Note: The whole process is supposed to take max. 2 to 5 minutes per run.
Afterwards, each team member can decide on their own what they will put into practice.
This method helps you and your team to
- activate everyone to contribute to solve problems
- foster exchange among team members
- demonstrate how hard it can be not to comment and discuss, and how this simple rule can increase efficiency
- break up your “business as usual” meeting routine
- have fun.
Enjoy! And see you next week in our companion channel.