Feedforward : A Tool for Self-Awareness


Treat every piece of advice as a gift or a compliment and simply say, “Thank you.”

~ Marshall Goldsmith

I delivered a presentation today to a group of 40 people. The topic was leadership development in teams and the importance of feedback for behavioral changes. I did a 30-minute session on ‘Feedforward’ and took these 40 people through this exercise. Marshall Goldsmith is the pioneer of this idea and he has written several articles on this (this idea is also illustrated well in his book ‘What got you here, won’t get you there’). The audience loved the exercise and it was fascinating to see people immersed in this activity for 30-minutes without any interruption.


I will quickly summarize the steps involved in this exercise

  • Pick one behavior that you would like to change
  • Describe the objective in a 1:1 dialogue
  • Ask 2 suggestions from the other person
  • Listen attentively / Take Notes and just say ‘Thank You’ / ‘You’re Welcome’
  • Find the next person in the room and repeat the above steps (take the same behavior with the next person)

Continue this for 20/30-minutes, no one is allowed to justify, challenge or interrupt when your partner is giving 2 suggestions. You are only allowed to say ‘Thank You’ and the other person will say ‘You’re Welcome’ and then move on to the next person in the room 🙂

At the end I asked the participants to share their learning, here is what they said.

  1. It was nice to hear multiple suggestions on the same topic
  2. We were eager to hear as there was no discussion of the past events
  3. It was very difficult to give 2 specific suggestions, we ran out of ideas J
  4. It was fascinating to hear the common behavioral topics people brought, we are all alike

I recommend you to try this in your team events or trainings. It’s a great activity for team bonding and elevating self-awareness.

For more details, please visit the below link.


PS : I acknowledge the pictures from the internet.

One thought on “Feedforward : A Tool for Self-Awareness

  1. it was also unique and differ from person to person.. ! will get surprised when we get unique ideas and suggestions/feed-forward… -:)

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