Why is it so hard to get honest feedback at meetings?
Everyone is concerned with self-preservation. So when giving feedback to a boss, it can be tempting to tell them what they want to hear instead of what you actually believe, especially if the boss doesn’t handle critical feedback very well. In addition to the authoritative pressure, the more people you have in the meeting, the less you actually think about the idea and the more you think about not looking like an idiot.
The easiest way to separate ideas from the person is by using an audience response app that features anonymous polling. Anonymity removes reputational pressures and frees the individual to express how they actually feel without the fear of hurting another’s feelings or having a differing opinion.
It might be impossible to change human nature, but with the help of an audience response app you don’t have to.