Discussion: How is Reflection encouraged? On a daily basis?
This question was raised during our recent webinar.
The power and usefulness of reflection is something that many people seem to have forgotten in our fast moving world. We often complete one task or project and immediately move to the next. Sometimes a team member will be given responsibility for documenting ‘lessons learned’ from a project, but this is often seen as an onerous task and allocated to a junior team member, and then circulated by email with no explanation that it should be used as a resource to share experiences and reflect and learn from them.
For real impact, reflection needs to become a regular practice that’s embedded in the daily workflow and in the regular cycles of meetings with our line managers. It is essential in all learning and in all workplace activity.
The power of reflection can be seen in simple things, such as taking the time to stop and think and reflect on what went well, what didn’t work out and what you’d do next time. If, as learning professionals, we ever design a learning environment, a learning programme, an eLearning course or, in fact, any process or activity to help improve performance without baking in plenty of time for reflection – and preferably guided reflection – then we’re simply not doing our job.
Resources* in the Forum that provide further insight on reflection and reflective practice include:
Link to Tooklit Article: The Power of Reflection
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Link to Activity: Highlighting Manager-Led Actions That Improve Employee Performance
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This group activity is designed for use with leadership and management teams to highlight the importance of experiential learning. It lists 15 manager activities that have a positive impact on the performance of their teams and identifies the three actions that have greatest impact. One of the 'top three' is focused on reflection and ensuring that the opportunities are created for reflection and learning following projects and other activities.
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