360 Degree Feedback

To most people including me, giving feedback is difficult; accepting feedback is even harder.

Then there is a metaphor about feedback than can help us see in a different perspective. It’s to stop thinking feedback as a punishment, but as a gift! Everyone loves giving and receiving gifts, aren’t they? But still… feedback is a gift that hard to receive 😂😂😂

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If you are working in a company that uses 360-degree feedback as an instrument for performance review, you should be happy because the organization is building a culture that embraces feedback. The process can lead to a high-performance culture. An effective feedback could dramatically improve an employee’s professional growth and this will also good for the organization.

Here are 6 things about 360-degree feedback that you might want to know:

  • It was originally used for employee development, but now commonly used as an instrument for performance appraisal
  • Employees will be given full circle input from colleagues, peers, direct supervisor, current and former leader, event clients if necessary. This is to avoid employees get feedback only from their boss, which can lead to subjective judgments.
  • It’s anonymous. Why? Because some people may not be able to respond honestly if not anonymous.
  • The employees also need to complete the survey as a self-assessment.
  • When a company collects data on an employee’s performance, it’s to know deeper about how this employee do their job, how they collaborate, communicate, and promote innovations. The result is more qualitative than quantitative.
  • It can be used to assess current or emerging leaders. Regardless, the key is to select one that has been professionally researched and adequately tested.

Well, just like other methods, this 360-degree feedback is surely not perfect. One of the problems is that it can tend focusing on what’s wrong with the person or employee. But I believe that using 360-degree feedback with a clear goal can also dramatically improve a person’s professional growth. There’s no doubt that the feedback will give a better, broader, and more objective perspective on employees compared to a single source of feedback.

Review: Snagit (Windows) 2018

Hey, what screenshot tools you usually use? Dulu saya sering pake Windows Snipping tool (sampai sekarang juga masih), dan ini sangat praktis jika yang anda perlukan hanyalah mengambil snapshot dari screen atau layar anda. Anda juga dapat membubuhkan anotasi dasar seperti tulisan dan highligt. Banyak sekali tools yang dapat kita pilih untuk membuat pekerjaan sehari-hari menjadi lebih mudah. Setiap tahun, banyak pula berdatangan tools baru. Ada baiknya kalau kita selalu mencoba tools baru yang dapat meningkatkan produktivitas, siapa tahu ada yang cocok dan murah, apalagi free.

Saya mencoba Snagit (Windows) 2018 pada bulan Januari lalu dan sekarang telah menggunakannya selama kurang lebih 5 bulan. Jujur, setelah menggunakan produk ini, saya merasa lebih produktif. Why? Okay, di tulisan ini saya akan membagi pendapat saya mengenai salah satu tool yang sehari-hari saya gunakan, yaitu Snagit.

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Merupakan produk Screen Capture & Screen Recorder keluaran TechSmith. Tersedia versi untuk Windows dan Mac. Produk ini standalone, tergolong ringan namun powerful. Anda dapat melakukan beberapa hal dengan Snagit, seperti:

  • Screen capture dan screen recording, tentunya dengan hasil yang high-quality.
  • Image editing. Anda disediakan banyak pilihan menarik untuk mengedit gambar atau screenshots anda, misalnya menambahkan teks, callouts, shapes, arrows, dan steps.
  • Share media. Mudah sekali membagikan hasil screenshot atau video kita. Dengan hanya satu tombol “Share” di Snagit, kita dapat memilih untuk meng-share ke screencast, youtube, OneDrive, Google Drive, Camtasia, maupun local file, email, dan beberapa opsi lainnya.

Saya lebih banyak menggunakan Snagit untuk mengcapture bug dalam bentuk screenshot maupun video. Selain itu, juga untuk menjelaskan flow atau story. Kadang-kadang sewaktu iseng browsing web atau product, seringkali kita menemukan sesuatu yang ingin kita bagi dengan tim, entah itu bug atau sesuatu yang menarik. Dengan Snagit, saya dapat melakukannya dengan quick & minimum effort.

Contoh simpel penggunaan Snagit

Price & Licensing

Anda dapat membeli Snagit dengan satu kali pembayaran saja, one-time purchase, seharga $49.95. Setelah itu, jika mau anda dapat membayar biaya maintenance sebesar $12.49 untuk selalu mendapatkan upgrade terbaru.

Harga Snagit ini akan jadi lebih murah jika anda membeli bundle Snagit + Camtasia sekaligus.

Kesimpulan

Snagit sangat sesuai untuk professional use dan meningkatkan produktivitas karena it saves our time! Selain itu, mudah sekali meng-share screenshot dan video menggunakan Snagit. Kalau untuk sekedar membuat screenshot biasa, Snagit terlalu overkill – jadi bijaklah menghabiskan uang anda 😀

 

If

By Rudyard Kipling, 1909.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!