I think executive coach Marshall Goldsmith is on to something in his article, "Try Feedforward Instead of Feedback.” Feedforward is a technique we can use to collect input about the skills we should develop to reach our goals. This process allows us to venture into the future with eyes wide open.
Self-awareness is particularly important for managers who have established average or poor reputations within their organizations. If you had a derailing factor (a behavior or practice that is harming your effectiveness and could derail your career) you´d want to know about it, right? The feedforward process makes it easier to provide candid input because the focus is on future work, not past deeds.
Marshall´s concept of feedforward (versus feedback) is intriguing and I recommend giving it a try. It might be fun to do a brown bag lunch feedforward session bimonthly with a small peer group.