Leadership Tips: Spend Time Reflecting

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“You influence more by your actions than your words. You operate as the message, not the messenger, with an alignment between your words and actions.”
- Nan Russell

This time of year can be so busy that there is barely any time to think about what is next, let alone spend time alone with your thoughts. And guess what? It is too costly to skip reflection time, despite all of the legitimate excuses you have.

As Master Facilitator, Beth Wagner, mentioned last week in our Fierce webinar, reflection is very important and often overlooked. Many studies have shown the critical role that reflection plays in performance and learning. Leaders and employees alike who take time to reflect on their successes and their mistakes at work, perform 20-25% better than those who do not.

So, if that’s really the case, it is your responsibility to find the time to reflect. What’s at stake? The difference of performing 20-25% better the next time you do something. Yes, this is definitely something your manager and organization want. Sometimes, you may just have to remind them of reflection’s importance.

"I don't see a lot of organizations that actually encourage employees to reflect—or give them time to do it," Gino says. "When we fall behind even though we're working hard, our response is often just to work harder. But in terms of working smarter, our research suggests that we should take time for reflection."

So given that, let’s make 2016 a year that reaps the benefits of thoughtfulness and allowing ourselves the space to think. This week’s tip is to find time to reflect on your past and future conversations.

Here are seven questions to dive into:

Now, schedule this time into your calendar. I look forward to hearing about it.