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Roast And Toast

Rapid-fire feedback sessions

We resort to a series of programs and practices like job rotation, reverse evaluation, and self-management. They’re intended to help people tap their reservoir of talent and to preclude the need for weeding out. We never assume there are weeds among us. – Ricardo Semler


In a Nutshell

Way too many researches point out that human beings think way too highly of themselves in all kinds of positive ways. Most of us believe that we are great drivers, giving members of the society, wonderful spouses and excellent coworkers. In short, there’s a huge gap between who we think we are and who we really are.

And that’s because people are naturally prone to thinking too highly about themselves. And while most us sincerely believe that we are completely aware of ourselves, only 10-15 percent of us actually possess true self-awareness. Particularly at the workplace, our levels of self-awareness plummets as well climb higher within corporate ranks.

Conventionally, our work environments encourage us to be polite and respectful towards each other – and sometimes those moral codes make it highly difficult to give and receive honest feedback. Breaking out of these socially imposed rules of behavior can sometimes help people bring to the table opinions and ideas that they would have typically hidden or suppressed. And when people are allowed to speak honestly about a coworker, rest assured it’s going to kick up a storm.

For, it’s quite difficult for us to listen to feedback that isn’t aligned with how we think of ourselves or our work. Due to our inherent confirmation biases, we tend to migrate away from people who say things that oppose our self-views. These people become threats that need to be immediately removed. But, with a little trust and open-mindness, people can overcome their reflexes against honest feedback, which may be at loggerheads with their self-views. And, learn something new from the whole experience.

 

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