Best Boss Take 5 | Embracing the Power of ‘Feedforward’

In the realm of leadership and management, revisiting fundamental skills and competencies can sometimes be overlooked. Yet, these basics form the cornerstone of effective professional development. One area that often needs reevaluation is the way we approach feedback. Traditionally, feedback has been about pointing out what went wrong, aiming to rectify mistakes. However, there’s a transformative concept that’s gaining traction – ‘Feedforward’.

Here are three key takeaways on this innovative approach:

Redefining Feedback: ‘Feedforward’ turns the traditional notion of feedback on its head. Instead of focusing on past mistakes, it emphasizes future opportunities and strengths. This shift from a deficit-based to a strength-based approach can significantly alter the impact of the feedback process.

Focusing on Strengths and Opportunities: The essence of feedforward lies in its positive orientation. By highlighting an individual’s strengths and future possibilities, it encourages growth and development. This not only fosters a positive environment but also promotes a forward-thinking mindset.

Data-Driven, Emotion-Free Communication: Feedforward is about presenting objective data devoid of emotional charge, whether in giving or receiving feedback. This approach ensures that the feedback is constructive, focusing on potential improvements and positive outcomes.

The concept of feedforward offers a refreshing perspective on feedback, steering away from criticisms and focusing on growth and possibilities. By adopting this approach, leaders and managers can foster a more positive, productive, and forward-looking environment. As we continue to explore this concept, stay tuned for more insights on how to implement feedforward in your leadership practice effectively.

About Danny

With over 20 years experience in training and leadership development  — and holding an MBA and an MA in Organizational Development — Danny Ceballos has worked with organizations across the country to strengthen their effectiveness in leading and managing others through supervision+motivation best practices and strategies.