When it comes to competitive pressures, the mantra is usually to double-down and work harder – but there’s power in pausing to reflect to set yourself up for success.
At its core, reflection is about learning. And while we all know how learning works, the noise that is daily-life, work and routine can cloud our ability to process things, and distance the thinking between decisions and their consequences.
Most organisations would argue that they have a “bias toward action”- in essence, they’d rather collectively ‘do’ than sit around and talk about it. But, the reality is, they kind of go hand in hand. First you do, then you assess.
Reflection starts with devoting time to understanding the way you operate in situation. You might opt for a traditional, low-key (but great place to start) approach, like jotting your “lessons learned” on paper and sharing your insights in a team meeting. Or you could make it a retreat by getting your team out of the everyday routine to review the original goals of a project and assess how it evolved during the work. Often, when you’re away from your usual surroundings, you find clarity.
“Reflection spurs analysis and fuels strategic thought. It provides an opportunity to audit experiences, futureplan, and be honest with yourself about successes and failures.”
However you approach it, its value is undeniable. Reflection spurs analysis and fuels strategic thought. It provides an opportunity to audit experiences, future-plan, and be honest with yourself about successes and failures.
That’s why we launched Your Corporate Kitchen. We wanted to create a corporate team building activity and training program that broke the mould and encouraged reflection, engagement and fun … with an undeniably crowd leasing subject matter to work with: food.
What if you used your annual corporate development and training program to encourage a more engaged, mindful and reflective workforce, where you could experience increased team and job satisfaction and greater overall success?