Two things went wrong last weekend

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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About the Author:

People Alchemy’s founder and managing director is Paul Matthews. Paul’s key skill is in making the ideas come alive with stories, and making sure his listeners receive practical tools and tips to take away and implement. He excels at reducing complex theory down to simple concepts and then articulating these in a way that everyone can understand, and more importantly, use to get better results for themselves and their organisations. Paul is a regular speaker at HR and L&D events and exhibitions covering topics such as harnessing the power of informal learning, capability at work, workplace performance, and how L&D can be effective in these tough times. He is also invited to speak on management and leadership, and how they impact on capability and performance at work.

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