Around 3 years ago I was introduced to building personal reflection into my working week by a Mentor who was helping me to change the business model at Collingwood and it has fundamentally changed my life!
At my core I am a "do-er" and so putting time aside to nothing but reflect is a strange concept and one that I saw no value in at the start. However, how can reflecting on and considering what has happened and identifying areas for improvement be a bad thing? And it is not just about your time at work that you should reflect on, your life in general would benefit enormously.
This article is brilliant with the ideas it presents around what reflection is and the type of process you should go through to get the most from it.
At its simplest, reflection is about careful thought. But the kind of reflection that is really valuable to leaders is more nuanced than that. The most useful reflection involves the conscious consideration and analysis of beliefs and actions for the purpose of learning. Reflection gives the brain an opportunity to pause amidst the chaos, untangle and sort through observations and experiences, consider multiple possible interpretations & create meaning. This meaning becomes learning, which can then inform future mindsets and actions. For leaders, this “meaning making” is crucial to their ongoing growth and development. Research by Giada Di Stefano, Francesca Gino, Gary Pisano, and Bradley Staats in call centers demonstrated that employees who spent 15 minutes at the end of the day reflecting about lessons learned performed 23% better after 10 days than those who did not reflect.