Checklist for a 360 Degree Assessment Ok, let’s say you just received a 360-Degree Assessment and some of the feedback seems pretty daunting.

What do you do?

Instead of becoming overwhelmed, here are some tips on what you should do next.

Focus on the Big Picture First.

Read all the way through the report, including any open-ended comments before you start

digging into the details.

Try to get an overall “picture” of how your colleagues view you. Does it sound like you?

Is the real “you” coming through?

What questions or “disconnects” do you see in this report vis a vis how you view yourself

Reserve Judgment, and Keep an Open Mind.

Don’t approach this defensively or with a desire to form counter-arguments.

Right/wrong, true/untrue or some of both, this is how your colleagues see you.

Granted, it may not be exactly how you want to be seen, but then that’s what evaluations are for—to find the differences between those two things.

Accentuate the Positive.

Before you start diving into the areas where you don’t score as well,

make sure you read carefully and take to heart those where you do.

It’s too easy to overlook your strengths and focus only on things that can be improved.

Revel in your successes and take time to ask yourself some important questions about them, such as:

Which of these confirm how I see myself? Which ones surprise me a bit? How did I develop these strengths? Was I born with them or have I learned some of them over time?

Lastly, and Only Lastly, Look at the Areas Identified for Improvement.

Again, and being as honest as you can, which of these “ring true” to you?

Which ones are surprising?

Make sure you really understand these areas in which your colleagues would like to see improvement,

including any open-ended comments that may help you see what others are seeing and why they are rating you the way they are.

Some of these areas will become your development plan, so it’s important to be sure that you really understand them.

If you have questions, how can you get further insight?

One way is to talk with some of the people who filled out your assessment. Another is to talk with a coach or HR expert.

So when you get that 360 assessment – instead of seeing it as a potentially negative experience – keep an eye on the big picture, stay positive and remember that this is invaluable information to use in helping you grow and develop in your career.

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