Get past mistakes

We’ve just about made it through 2009. So…? How did you do?

If you are like most people I know, you got tossed around a bit, lost some business, made some cuts and learned a few lessons.

We knew going into this year that we would need to buckle up and hold on.

Now, here we are at the end of it, the roller-coaster is slowing down (for a little while), and we have an opportunity to open our eyes see where we are and where we’ve been.

Regular readers know that I like to look back at this time of the year and take stock of the good, the bad and the not so pretty.

For your sanity, your team’s sanity and your department’s success, take time with your people to review and debrief about this crazy year.

Let’s face it, we are all carrying mistakes, and missed opportunities around.

This is the time to look at our mistakes, learn from them, and shed them.

I know I made a mistake that stung. I regret the damage it caused but at the same time I appreciate what I learned. Now that I’ve learned that lesson, I won’t make the mistake again.

Acknowledge what you did right. I’m inspired by the breakthroughs my clients made and I feel privileged to have played a role.

I met some of my personal and professional goals too. I learned more about  how the human body and brain work and how they effect performance and engagement. I’m excited to share more of that in my coaching and keynotes in 2010. I also love what mountain biking and yoga have added to my life.

A big year end thanks to all my clients and readers. Your courage and curiosity energizes and inspires me.

So, let me ask you all this – share these questions with your team as you review and debrief together, and ask them of yourself too:

  • What went well for you last year?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What did you overcome that you didn’t think you could?
  • What fears did you face?
  • What mistakes did you make?
  • What did you lose that you took for granted?
  • Where did you get stronger?

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