The perils of 360 degree feedback

So I have been asked to give someone fairly senior in my team some feedback (I'm on secondment).  Clearly they are expecting things like "it would be nice to hear more management updates" or "let's have more team huddles" or "wow, you're amazing". 

The reality, which I am tempted to feed back, is "your job is insipid and doesn't involve any originality or imagination.  Your team is indoctrinated and deals with so much crappy, inconsequential stuff that you can only recruit morons.  A monkey could do your job and nobody would notice any dip in performance".  Now how do I wrap that up in diplomatic language?

pride comes before a fall

nemesis will punish hubris

etc

Is that what I should feed back to him or was it directed at me?

let he who is without tede cast the first feedback stone

Just carry on with the pointless inane lying and say everything is great.  If you actually tell the truth the “anonymity” of your feedback will mysteriously disappear, along with your career prospects.  

Your team is indoctrinated and deals with so much crappy, inconsequential stuff that you can only recruit morons

are you saying that you are a moron? 

Nah Badders isnt a moron.  he's a freebie...

"your job is insipid and doesn't involve any originality or imagination.  Your team is indoctrinated and deals with so much crappy, inconsequential stuff that you can only recruit morons.  A monkey could do your job and nobody would notice any dip in performance"

Describe them as “an absolute machine”?

Pedant alert

Feedback, as originally referring to a fault in the amplification circuit of an electric guitar, is necessarily 360 degree.

As you were.

I loved this shit when I was in a biglaw firm.

Was on one of those weird ‘in between everything’ grades and as everyone on 360s had to get someone from every bloody grade I was called upon repeatedly.

My personal favourite response to one of these was when asked about the negatives of the guy who was the global head of corporate who was also the guy who hired me and was my directs line manager... I created the best, cheesiest, ‘I want a bigger bomus’ Line ever.

Ahem.

”I feel that while it is inspirational to have such an incredibly prolific and gifted team leader, I am concerned slightly that his standards for others may be too high.  He is without question an exceptional lawyer and arguably the best man manager I have ever experienced.  But we are not all so blessed or so motivated. I hope he understands that not everyone can be quite so dedicated as he is.”

lolz.  My boss loved that shit, heh. Not quite a transcript but really isn’t far off what I actually wrote.

Tbf if that had actually happened it would have been quite impressive 

reading, red wine and rugby, but not at the sMe time!!!!?!?¿° 

Buzz - what’s your nonny?  It honestly did happen, lol, I’ll point out the person I was talking about!

I'm not sure that telling me who it was you said that about constitutes verification. Then again, if you've worked on a few early noughties AIM floats....

360 degree feedback would work much better if it was the person sat in the middle and everyone giving the feedback say in a circle around them shouting their (constructive) criticism 

‘‘Twas nothing to do with my early legal role, that was a bit niche.  Meh, I dunno, humor me and pretend to believe it.

I used to have to do something similar in BigLaw. I had to appraise various IT, KM or HR managers. And the heads of those departments had to appraise my managers.

I used to give them top marks. Easiest way.

Afterwards I said to a colleague 'Who the fvck was that, I don't know them and have nothing to do with them'.

For once only... what Chambers said.

Firstly, I don't accept that your opinion has any validity anyway, so I don't accept you as a competent critical analyser of someone else.  You don't come across that way on here, and that's all we've got to judge you against.  We have wife/coolest duddette ever for years and now we have ex-wife/mentalist... same woman, different reviewer.  The common factor in your review of most things is you are right/ace and others are sh1t. 

Secondly, what would you or he benefit by doing this?  Will he have a damascene conversion and spend his limited time on earth doing something else?  All you are realistically going to do is make someone else unhappy..why would you do that?

Thirdly, from a vested self interest point of view.  Why would you ever alienate someone like this?

Again... wot chambers said. 

my old firm tried to do this for partners.  anonymous 360s.  I think my fave was

"partner X is an incompetent bullying shytbag who could start an argument if he was locked alone in the stationery cupboard"

 

Baddo i assume you're gonna write this on a post it note and leave it on his desk as is your way.

 

Maybe have another pretend fist fight witj him 

Wang we had that. My boss who was a great guy and a friend got something that started:

 

My mum said if you can't say anything nice about somebody then don't say anything at all; but she's dead so... followed by two pages of green pen mentalism 

bammo the one I posted could only be criticised for understatement

I've worked for some proper horrible atseholes. There should be a city partner top trumps (cunt edition)

Have you bought your kids a set of Plop Trumps yet?  and then been told off by your mrs. but won total hero points from your kids.   Me: yes

I worked with a middle aged, paranoid, lecherous,  coke snorting alcoholic.... he was being managed out.... that was a joyful period with the whole team in the middle of power politics and some of them trying to work out the angle which would make them fill any void...

Being old and not giving a fvck other than getting the job done has its advantages.

 

No!

 

I'm behind on all this stuff as mine are only between 4 and 2. My 4 yr old can do 7 keepy uppies tho

That's more than me.  My keepy ups are more in the style of Peter Kaye in that johm smiths ad.

have it!

I never had u down as a sportsman tbf tbf

Wang notm7

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Oh hello errm totally new person who has just started posting.  hope u r well.  please tell us a little about your politics, your beliefs, your sporting affiliations, your chromosome count, your current scalpal hirsuitity and your favourite mustard...

"your job is insipid and doesn't involve any originality or imagination.  Your team is indoctrinated and deals with so much crappy, inconsequential stuff that you can only recruit morons.  A monkey could do your job and nobody would notice any dip in performance"

I'm not seeing the negatives here provided its making enough money.