These things don’t need an app … but can be applied as you think about your own FB program
A Culture of Feedback at Next Jump
Tom Fuller, Head of Engineering
June 7, 2017
LHF “lying/hiding/faking” = Walking on EGG SHELLS
What does LHF feel like?
Like you can’t say what you really feel.
Like people are not telling you things.
Like it’s not safe to disagree.
Like it’s not safe to be honest.
It feels like walking on egg shells.
Poor performing teams are surrounded by
And poor performing teams destroy value.
CAN DATA PREDICT GOOD LEADERSHIP?
Can we create a “credit rating”
Not “are you a great leader” but “are you
doing the good behaviors that make great
leaders?” And are you NOT doing the
things that lead to bad leadership?
Like credit: Do you pay for bills on time? Do
you have a history of responsible spending?
Have ever declared bankruptcy and walked
away from your debt/responsibility? Do you
have bad habits?
NxJ is working on the leadership equivalent
#1 thing a leader
should NOT do = LHF
Finding the “Signal in Noise”
Feedback data: we can measure what was
not measurable before: the amount of
feedback someone is getting
But there is a lot of noise. Some feedback is
more valuable than other. What piece of
feedback is good & valuable and what is
#1 Insight: Lowest performing
teams are lead by leaders who
Getting a lot of feedback doesn’t guarantee
performance, but NOT getting
feedback guarantees failure
Feedback is a precursor to better results
Like most things in life: What makes a great
leader has some artistry to it. It's not a
formula. But what makes a bad leader is
much more consistent.
Growing NOT Growing
FEEDBACK IS EXPLODING
At an organizational level, is it scary
to let employees give us their
opinion whenever they want?
Of course it is – but that horse has
left the barn. People now post
information about their workplace
on a variety of online sites
(Glassdoor, Facebook, and others)
or share information privately with
Founder - Bersin by Deloitte
“Nobody wants to admit defeat,
failure, or any set backs … under
performers don’t get or deny any real
feedback … Like in the business world
our CNO sees this as a needed
competitive edge against our
adversaries. At stake is nothing less
than National Security.”
VADM US Navy
What have we learned
How to design your culture to overcome these issues …
1) Fear of giving candid feedback
2) Fear of “looking bad” in front of peers
3) How to “own your feedback”
AM I GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT I REALLY THINK?
Will I hurt your feelings?
Am I being judgmental?
Am I a hypocrite?
Will I get in trouble?
“Cultures where everyone
is nice are filled with
Dr. Jim Loehr
Human Performance Institute
Give 5 minutes at end of
VISCERAL (FAST) vs THOUGHTFUL (SLOW)
If you give people a lot of time
to write feedback – they will
logic their way to being nice /
political … and water-it-down
And get more “empathetic” – and the
empathy lowers their directness
Often, the more time you give, the less
feedback you get. They forget to do it.
People naturally “rate high”
Like Uber or Netflix rating – people tend to
“barbell” (high or low)
When feedback is new in an organization,
people tend to give 3s and 4s
2 = “what you expect from them”
People are so unpracticed
at giving feedback – it is often
ambiguous. The number
clarifies what you mean.
But the number alone is not enough. It
does not tell give info about WHAT to
And the number gives a data trail.
NUMBER RATING + COMMENT
“I really liked the summary of
results – a good innovation.
But overall preso was a hard
follow & I think you lost a lot
blow off (amateur-sport back pat)
Fear of Looking Bad
in Front of Peers
COACHING THE ‘REAL YOU’ vs. ‘FAKE YOU’
Be authentic. Be yourself.
Otherwise, you are getting feedback on a
fake “professional” version of yourself.
You are upgrading the “front.” You are
learning how to be an expert in how other
But you cannot be great, unless you are an
expert in how you think.
NOT TRYING IS WORSE THAN
GETTING A BAD SCORE
Leadership has to demonstrate that “taking
a shot” is good. And that hiding is bad.
Also – it is not intuitive, but we found that
“investment in loss” is better than flat. If
you are leading, you will get criticized.
REDEFINE WHAT IS BAD
HOW YOU ASK
Make it easy for others to tell
you the truth
The receiver is in charge (not the teller)
It is up to you to invite the truth. By default
you will get “comforting lies”
WHERE DO EGG SHELLS COME FROM?
Acclaimed Education Innovator
Integrity is when our espoused
theories (our beliefs) match our
theories in use (what we do)
Human nature means we all have
a discrepancy in our integrity
These gaps grow over time:
“entropy of integrity”
Feedback is a TOOL to
ID your own eggshells
Higher performers seek
feedback more FREQUENTLY
Consistency vs intensity
The combo of both QUANTITY and
FREQUENCY builds to a habit of feedback
FREQUENCY & QUANTITY MATTER MORE THAN THE SCORE
Leaders of High
Leaders of Low
Value is in seeing PATTERNS
It is rare that one piece of feedback is a
“huge” insight – rather, seeing the patterns
FREQUENCY & QUANTITY MATTER MORE THAN THE SCORE
KNOWN GROUP + ANONYMOUS FEEDBACK
Candid feedback from peers
that know you
Easier to see patterns
Ex: our MV21 leadership group
From Navy “PBEDs” process
1) Rate yourself
2) Comment most junior to most senior
3) Score on NO LHF
Was that person only transparent on the
question asked? Did they hold anything back?
LHF is a higher standard.
Ask someone else:
“Tell me the question I should have asked you?”
“What question am I afraid you will ask?”
Feedback is often badly
delivered, poorly phrased,
unfair … hard to hear. But it is
up to you to find the gold.
1. Talk about it “vent” with a trusted
partner (“burn off” emotion)
2. Sleep on it
3. Print out and read again
4. Cross out what doesn’t resonate
5. Highlight patterns
LESSONS LEARNED SO FAR
1. VISCERAL (FAST) vs THOUGHTFUL (SLOW)
2. NORMALIZE “2”
3. NUMBER RATING + COMMENT
4. REDEFINE WHAT IS BAD: HIDING (getting “in the game” is good)
5. INFORMATE PUBLICLY
6. MAKE IT EASY FOR OTHERS TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH
7. FREQUENCY & QUANTITY MATTER (more than the “score”)
8. KNOWN GROUP + ANONYMOUS FEEDBACK
9. RECOVERY PROGRAMS
How to setup
How to RECEIVE
How to GIVE
• Communicating Intent
• How to authentically
ask for feedback
• How to ”own” your own
• How to recover
• Fast & visceral
Not creating safety
Not “owning” your own
Looking for the perfect
(creates “too little, too late”)
Getting a lot of feedback doesn’t
but NOT getting feedback