One of my most eye opening experiences was participating in a 360 feedback assessment where colleagues are requested to give you feedback anonymously. Because of the broad base of individuals I worked with, I was able to get feedback from nearly 30 people. What I found was that when colleagues knew that their feedback will not be tied to them personally, they were much more forthcoming with the areas of improvement. Since I had so many people participating, I was flooded with feedback. It was nice to hear the good things people see in you but it was the areas for improvement that I honestly felt were the most helpful. This was the first time that I had received some pretty clear feedback on deficiencies and shortcomings. It was a humbling and sober experience yet this assessment really opened my eyes to some vulnerabilities and gaps I would have been blind to had I not requested this type of feedback. Looking back on this exercise, it was probably one of the best things I have done to help myself improve because you certainly can’t begin to address what you aren’t even aware of.