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Feedback and the learning zone

How do you react to receiving feedback? Do you find it hard to give feedback?

I have used the Learning Zone model by Tom Senninger in recent coaching sessions with leaders, and in training I have delivered to schools and teachers on giving and receiving feedback.

All too often we are in the ‘fear’ zone, feeling judged and concerned about other’s opinions.

The key to moving between these zones is self-awareness and a psychologically safe relationship of trust underpinning the feedback meeting.

There’s more to giving effective feedback, of course, but this is a cornerstone.

I particularly like this graphic from Cooper University as it shows how you can progressively move from comfort and fear to learning and growth. This has so many implications for learners as well…

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