Preparing Ourselves to Debrief 360s – 7 Recommended Books and Films

Have we been properly preparing ourselves to debrief 360s? Senior Consultant and Executive Coach, Dan Deka, facilitates two 360 Degree Feedback Coaching workshops a year. As a passionate 360 coach, Dan often finds resources that prime and reinforce the principles that he teaches in the 360 certification process. 

We caught up with Dan and asked him to share his thoughts. 

"The most important preparation we can do for a 360 debrief, is not in the report – it is in our self – so we can be of the best service to the individuals that we have the privilege to stand with in their moments of disruption and transition.  We need to proactively and actively prepare our self to be fully present for the person that we are debriefing."
DecisionWise - Dan Deka - Consultant

Here are some resources that Dan has found to be excellent, thorough and enlightening to reinforce many of the principles that he will share, review, practice and embody in the 360 certification.

4 Recommended Books

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

This is a book about why people don’t do the things we think they should.  This exploration is especially valuable for us to become aware of the influence of our mental models and expectations of others – and best to facilitate their progress.

How to Relax by Thich Nhat Hanh

When we are debriefing a 360, we are striving to co-create an environment where the individual can transform a disruption into a learning and growth experience. We can do this best – help them to relax – if we are relaxed. 


We are often debriefing leaders who are trying to increase the level of engagement in their teams.  ENGAGEMENT MAGIC provides a wonderful foundation built on Meaning, Autonomy, Growth, Impact, and Connection – to be utilized as a resource in 360 action planning.

Lost Connections by Johann Hari

Building off the ENGAGEMENT MAGIC concept of Connection, this book is a deep and insightful exploration of Connection.  The author has shared a profound TedTalk called “Everything you know about drugs is wrong.” This book has the research he used in that talk, and it emphasizes the importance of connecting to either something spiritual, to each other, to feedback, to our bodies, to nature. Often in 360s, we are helping individuals connect to their feedback, their response to that feedback, and their thoughts about next steps.

3 Films to Experience

Inside Out

This movie is a great exploration of the use of emotions, understanding they all have a purpose. Emotions aren’t something we’re trying to avoid, we want to understand them, especially the emotions that come up in the 360 feedback process. It is a great exploration on the need to avoid judgment. We are there during a debrief to listen, observe, validate, and empower – and judgement can get in the way and cloud these intentions. 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

We talk about emotions – and increasing our awareness. This movie is a wonderful illustration of the power of emotions, and some very new and novel ideas about how to bring those emotions to our awareness, and how to spend time with them.

Meeting Gorbachev

A wonderful exploration of mental models/paradigms and narratives that strongly influence us. An exploration of change leadership – the cost of leadership and need for personal clarity – all things that we often explore in leadership 360 debriefs.

Our work to help others transform their 360 feedback is very deep and rewarding work. The price we pay for participation in these moments is our preparation and commitment. Sometimes this preparation and commitment can be as simple as reading a book or watching a movie – and staying in some of the questions we have about 360s during and after. We hope you enjoy these and our other resources to inform your practice and service of others.

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