The benefits of reflecting on performance are easily defined. Who wouldn’t want to sign up to increased self-awareness, an enhanced ability to make decisions, growth and the capacity to generate innovation and the ability to be compassionate. Sounds good right? However, reflection isn’t a silver bullet – it doesn’t always cut through complexity or provide an immediate solution.
Certain ingredients are required. We know that reflection won’t burn a hole in your bank balance, but it does require that precious commodity
I’ve posted previously about the differences between skills and state. But what next? Well if you can acquire skills and develop your state then this influences your story and your strategy.
Firstly, the stories you tell yourself can vary greatly depending on your current state. When you are filled with confidence your inner critic is silenced. But when you feel overcome with ambiguity, your perception of the story does not have such a happy ending.
This of course influences the strategy –