2.1.23 Feedforward: Coaching For Behavioral Change

Feedforward provides information, images, suggestions, etc. exclusively about what one could do right in the future.

How to make it work?

In this activity, participants are each asked to play two roles. In one role, they are asked to provide feedforward — that is, to give someone else suggestions for the future and help as much as they can. In the second role, they are asked to accept feedforward—that is, to listen to the suggestions for the future and learn as much as they can.

Instructions:
– Pick one behaviour that they would like to change.
– Describe this behaviour to randomly selected fellow participants.
– Ask for feedforward—for two suggestions for the future that might help them achieve a positive change in their selected behaviour.
– Listen attentively to the suggestions and take notes.
– Thank the other participants for their suggestions.
– Ask the other persons what they would like to change.
– Provide feedforward – two suggestions aimed at helping the other person change.
– Say, “You are welcome.” when thanked for the suggestions.
– Find another participant and keep repeating the process until the exercise is stopped.

Here is an optional 7-minute long video presenting Feedforward with the objective of future behavioural change.


Jim Rohn