How to get (anonymous) 360 feedback

Want to know more about how your colleagues, friends and family perceive you and your work? This can be a scary and time consuming question to ask.. Luckily there are online tools available to help and also anonymise this process!

The free version of the Talent Checkup tool by checkster allows you to ask up to 50 people for their feedback. The invitees need to fill out a 5 minute survey, consisting of open, 5-scale and multiple choice questions. You fill out the same survey, checkster then compiles the results and creates a report. Checkster also asks whether people are open to be contacted after the survey as well, just in case you have some follow-up questions.


(source: emerce)

The following areas are focused on in the report and survey:

  • Strengths, accomplishments and improvements
  • Scores on probability of re-hire and overall performance
  • Gap analysis on own vs others scores on attributes like team player, energy in work and stress handling
  • The beforementioned attributes are also scored on strongest vs weakest
  • Work related skills, industry knowledge and work behaviour
  • Job flow potential (can you get ‘in the flow’ while working)
  • 4 E’s of leadership; energy, energise, edge, execute

Most interesting for me were the strengths, accomplishments and improvements and the gap analysis sections. The strengths, accomplishments and improvements consisted of open questions, allowing your invitees to provide elaborate feedback. Some you may be aware off yourself, although it can be hard to admit.. And other feedback can be quite surprising! The same counts for the gap analysis, this really shows your blindspot in when you are too generous or too conservative about yourself. For example I thought I displayed quite some energy in performing all sorts of tasks, but according to my reviewers I can show more energy!

Finally some tips/notes from my own experience:

  • You may want to contact your invitees separately as well, announcing the checkster invite. As the invite can be perceived as spam, even though the message can be tailored by you.
  • As it is work related the questions can be more difficult to answer by your friends and family. They can of course relate their answers on the stories that you have told them or think about a shared project situation (e.g. organising a party together).
  • Invite as many people as you can. Also think about colleagues from previous jobs and create a mix of junior, peer and more senior colleagues, so you really get 360 feedback.

Finding your imperative

One of the first books that I started reading on the topic of finding purpose at work was The Purpose Economy by Aaron Hurst. While that definitely is a recommendation as well, I wanted to highlight the related website On this site you can conduct a so called Individual Purpose Diagnostic, helping you to find out:

  • Who you work to impact – An individual, the society or an organization
  • Why you do what you do – For harmony or for karma
  • How you achieve that – By being community-oriented, structure-driven, human-centered or knowledge-driven

In addition it gives a purpose personality type and an imperative statement.

As an example my results from the Individual Purpose Diagnostic:

My imperative is to work directly with individuals to help them overcome societal barriers by creating their environments and experiences.

Purpose Type: The Giver 

You use your understanding of human needs to find authentic solutions for individuals.

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You change lives by addressing human needs, desires and capabilities. You work to design the optimal conditions needed to improve individual lives. You enjoy uncovering the authentic needs and behaviours of your target audience and conceptualising exciting new ways to create meaningful experiences for each individual. Driven by the desire to level the playing field and create a more just society, you feel especially fulfilled when your contributions are open and accessible to everyone, yet serve individual needs. Your most meaningful moments occur when individuals share their personal stories about how your work contributed to their life in a positive way.

No exact job suggestion, but a bit of direction in terms of the who, why and how of your work! See

What are your four letters?

Figuring out what type of work is for you, starts with knowing yourself. For this there are many exercises and tests, with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) being one of the popular ones.

MBTI is a personality type test. It looks at 16 different personality types, based on four categories:

  1. Where do you focus your attention on? Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).
  2. How do you obtain information? Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
  3. How do you make decisions? Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
  4. How do you deal with the outside world? Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).

The test gives you a 4 letter combination, representing your preferences. This may give you more understanding of who you are and also how you deal with others and with situations. MBTI is therefore also a popular tool within team building, to better understand each other within a team.

Examples of free online MBTI tests are 16 personalities and humanmetrics. The test outcomes also include examples of typical jobs for the personality types. 


(source: 16personalities)