you're reading...
Staff stuff

Wednesday’s Whim: Feedback

Let me begin by pointing out that I know it’s not Wednesday.  With yesterday’s quote and recipe, I thought I’d wait a day!

A huge part of Camp Stevens culture is feedback: triad feedback, bicycle chains, individual feedback and feedback on the fly*.  I’ve recently been intrigued obsessed with Brené Brown‘s work on vulnerability, shame, and connection.  Her website has a few free downloads, one of which is an engaged feedback checklist:

I know I’m ready to give feedback when:

  1. I’m ready to sit next to you rather than across from you.
  2. I’m willing to put the problem in front of us rather than between us (or sliding it toward you).
  3. I’m ready to listen, ask questions, and accept that I may not fully understand the issue.
  4. I want to acknowledge what you do well instead of picking apart your mistakes.
  5. I recognize your strengths and how you can use them to address your challenges.
  6. I can hold you accountable without shaming or blaming you.
  7. I’m willing to own my part.
  8. I can genuinely thank you for your efforts rather than criticize you for you failings.
  9. I can talk about how resolving these challenges will lead to your growth and opportunity.
  10. I can model the vulnerability and openness that I expect to see from you.

From Daring Greatly by Brené Brown. (c) 2012

I’m still chewing on what all of these look like when used authentically and to their fullest extent.  How would your world look different if you gave and received feedback with such intentionality?


*triad feedback: feedback given within and among the three (or sometimes two) folks leading an adventure group during summer camp or outdoor education group through the year; bicycle chains: a system of setting up feedback that allows each person in the group about 2 minutes to hear and give feedback to everyone else (it’s an impressive feat!); individual feedback: a predetermined meeting between two people where feedback is the focus; and feedback on the fly: think of it like extemporaneous prayer – constructive or positive feedback given whenever, as long as the recipient is ready to receive it!


Whim: “sudden idea.” This weekly-ish post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

We Tweet too.

Other Ways to Support & Stay Current

Contribute to this blog!

Have something to share about Camp Stevens? Contact ashley-at-campstevens-dot-org with the topic you'd like to write about, and some info about your association with camp.
%d bloggers like this: