Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fast Feedback Tool

Here’s a Fast Feedback tool that will immediately improve your board and committee meetings.

Yesterday, I facilitated a one-hour Nominating Committee meeting via conference call. At the end of the one-hour call, the newly elected committee chair asked for feedback.

“At every board or committee meeting I chair,” he told us, “I always ask each participant to rate the effectiveness of our meeting.  So on a scale of 1.00 to 5.00 (5.00 is high), I’ll ask each of you to give me your rating. How did we do?”

The seven participants each shared their rating. The CEO gave us a 5.00—which was an encouragement to everyone.

At our next meeting, I know two things will happen:
1) We’ll be asked to rate the meeting.
2) Throughout the meeting, we’ll be thoughtfully contributing (listening more than talking) to help the ratings stay high!

It’s a brilliant idea—and it took less than three minutes.

Romans 12:3 reminds us: “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment…”  This Fast Feedback tool will remind everyone to do just that.

QUESTION: What if…you’re the chair and the Fast Feedback exercise reveals low scores?  What would you say?

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