Two things went wrong last weekend, and in hindsight, I knew enough beforehand to have avoided or mitigated both problems, but I didn’t.

I am not going to beat myself up about how I ‘failed’. I did what I did.

But what strikes me is that I have thought about both things, and neither will happen again in the future. My reflection on what happened, and how I could have avoided both events have ‘inoculated’ me against them being a problem again.

In business, and originating in the military, this reflection is often termed an ‘after-action review’.

Too often at work, we move on to the next urgent thing, and do not do an after-action review.

What went badly for you recently, or indeed, what went well, and what lessons can you learn?

How can you inoculate yourself against the same problem, or ensure the same success in the future?

Here are some tips to ‘debrief yourself’ so you get a chance to get it right next time?

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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