Self Reflection

 Posted by on December 30, 2012  Add comments
Dec 302012
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We just completed a commercial release of a new product at work. The schedule had taken over 2 years from start to finish. All things considered, it is a pretty impressive outcome; and it came with some hard earned lessons along the way. After basically no time to rest, everyone has been resourced to any number of new projects.

But when do we get a chance to reflect on the things that went well and, more importantly, dissect the hard lessons to make sure the errors are understood and avoided in the future? It seems the almighty dollar and inevitable sense of urgency precludes the permission to look in the mirror, admit our mistakes and actually learn from them.

And how well do most of us do that in our own personal lives? I usually plow feeling as if the time to stop for a retrospective glance is too costly to the urgent matters at hand… likely destined to repeat the same mistakes again and again, even with the self awareness that I am doing exactly that.

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  3 Responses to “Self Reflection”

  1. Understand exactly what you are saying, Dave. Was impressed to read recently of a business that stopped regularly to ask what had been learnt (usually from mistakes).

    I think the GTD Weekly Review can be partly used for that purpose but if you are like me the Review seldom gets done. Maybe time to develop that habit again!

    • Yes it’s interesting, being aware of, consciously observing oneself in the middle of making the same mistake again, in the hope that it will have a better outcome, simply because we have yet to discover a better way. There is a saying …”if all you ever do is all you have ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you’ve ever got”. This is true of photography also.Its like moving from “P” mode into “M” mode where you have to consciously think of what you are doing and the result its likely to produce.

      I like the photo, to me he is walking away from bars and boxes that may confine him.

  2. Nice post Ann, I totally agree.

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