Today marks the start of our feedback campaign. If we’ve reached out to you, or you stumble across our blog, here’s why we would absolutely love a tiny bit of your time. It will make all the difference – not just for us, but for emerging self leaders everywhere. Here’s why.
The Power of Feedback
Ample research points to the power of feedback – both giving and receiving – to learning and achievement. However, it can be fraught with issues. Provided or received in a not-so-good way can have the opposite desired effect. It can negatively impact learning and performance. But if done well, it can make all the difference.
Despite the importance of feedback, few of us benefit from explicit training in the nuances of feedback (including those in the teaching profession!). So that’s why we’re building a unique course on how to do it well (as a seasoned professional, I’m certainly learning a lot!). But it’s not just learners – such as university students – or professionals in the 21st workplace that can benefit from feedback. So can businesses – hence this post and a small ask!
Being new equals vulnerability
Any business, large or small, realises the power of feedback. But startups, like ourselves, particularly benefit. And if we benefit, so do the people the business serves – in our case, university students and recent graduates.
Why do young startups benefit? Because we’re vulnerable. Entrepreneurs are uber passionate about the problem they want to solve but this can blind them. What do I mean by this?
Let’s first take one step back and look at the ‘problem’ we’re passionate about solving. Employers continually tell us that graduates, fresh out of uni and despite top marks, often don’t have the full set of self-leadership skills they want. It’s not the student’s fault at all. And it’s certainly not down to personality. It’s simply that few of us are rarely explicit taught these skills, as explained elsewhere in our employability post.
So employers invest heavily in getting graduates into shape. But ideally, recruiters want graduates with these skills under their belt in the first place! So that’s why we offering our Applied Self-Leadership course, and importantly, delivering it in a way to fit around, and enhance your existing commitments.
But does what we’re offering even resonate with you? We have no idea. So really, our main problem right now is being in the dark.
So we want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly!
Passing the ‘Mom Test’
Asking someone you already know well, and particularly someone who loves us – let’s say, mum or dad – is precarious. Our loved ones will tell us what we want to hear. As nice as this is, this type of feedback is dangerous! It can blinker us into thinking something is good, when in fact, it’s a dud!
We want to avoid this scenario at all costs by carrying out what Rob Fitzpatrick, the best-selling author calls the ‘The Mom Test‘.
How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you.Rob Fitzpatrick
And Fitzpatrick’s advice is so good that it now is a core part of the curriculum at universities like Harvard and UCL, EU startup accelerators like Seedcamp and Microsoft Ventures, and used by an array of businesses.
And that’s why we’re reaching out to you. Because we would love nothing more than your honest feedback. And it’ll also be an opportunity for you to experience what ‘The Mom Test’ involves.
It just takes three simple steps to get involved
1. Browse our website to see what we’re up to.
2. Book an appointment (to prevent a ‘cat and mouse’ email exchange – it only involves a few clicks)
3. Spend 10 or 15 minutes chatting to us.
And that’s it. And remember, it’s not about telling us what we want to hear. We simply want honest feedback. And today, honesty – authenticity – is a great value 🙂
So this is why I’ve reached out to you – to be transparent, I’m searching ‘university student’ on LinkedIn and you’ve appeared in the results, or similarly, I’ve searched ‘dissertation’ on Twitter.
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So I would love to hear from you. It really would make all the difference. Thank you.