The Power of reflection
|December 19, 2011||Posted by Richard Scott under advice, Career Planning, Connecting, Corporate Life, family, mentors, motivation, Partner, Personal Performance, Re-Connect, Reduce Stress, relationships, Sense of purpose, Work Life Balance, Working Hours|
I don’t know how it started but I have been really into reflection within the corporate world context for about 10 years. What does reflection mean? I assume if I looked up Wikipedia it would say ‘to reflect upon something’. For me it is a constant process of stopping and thinking on where I have just been in my role usually over a short time frame.
What comes up when I reflect? I reflect on my performance, what went well, what didn’t go so well, can I re-trace my steps and improve the weak areas? I reflect on encounters with people in the workplace, relationships that are in sync and those that aren’t. I reflect on key performance metrics like targets, did we implement and execute to strategy? If we missed targets was it because we missed a step?
Early in my management career I used to think that setting your strategy and then sticking to it was the right way. Whilst I appreciate at a high level that may still be true in actual fact I think you need to be assessing and changing the detail of your strategy constantly through reflection.
I took on a high risk role several years ago and whilst I had an over-arching strategy which I implemented I would actually end up changing the detail every few months. You see I was reflecting and responding. What this meant was that our business stayed on a constant growth trajectory for 2.5 years until I moved to a new role. This role was my big reflection role and it has stuck with me since.
If you consider personal relationships then reflection is equally as powerful. Around the same time as my high stakes role I was working through some make or break relationship areas with my then girlfriend now wife. Through reflection I worked out that I was being pretty pig headed and rigid in my thinking. I determined that if we were to thrive then I needed to let these former truths go – and it made all the difference.
For me reflection is a powerful tool that I used in my personal and professional working life and I have certainly found that it leads to a better corporate life. I would love to hear from you if you have pondered or you use reflection. Cheers,