“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” Margaret J. Wheatley
In participative learning, it is important that each learning activity be debriefed to give the participants an opportunity to reflect on their experience and reinforce their learning.
It is just as important to have those involved in a critical work situation take time to assess whether the actions taken were effective and, if not, what should be done differently in the future.
I’ve always thought that it made sense to debrief a learning activity or management situation by asking these three questions:
- What went well?
- What didn’t go well, and why not?
- What did you learn?
Recently, I read … Read the rest
“Today’s ‘best practices’ led to dead ends; the best paths are new and untried.” Peter Thiel
“Implementing best practice is copying yesterday; innovation is inventing tomorrow.” Paul Sloane
Quality performance for businesses has typically included the use of “best practices.”
According to Wikipedia, a best practice is “a method or technique that has been generally accepted as superior to any alternatives because it produces results that are superior to those achieved by other means or because it has become a standard way of doing things.”
There are two problems with “best practices.”
First, while “best practices” may have generated superior results for some organizations, that does not mean they were effective in others. This is due to … Read the rest
“If you get stuck, draw with a different pen. Change your tools; it may free your thinking.” Paul Arden
This past week, I was faced with a dilemma. The shrimp I wanted to have for dinner was enclosed in a self-sealing bag. You’d think it would have been a simple thing to open it, right? But no, I absolutely could not get purchase on the two sides of the closure.
Hungry and not completely rational, I struggled for quite a while, getting more and more distressed. I tried using a rubber grip that I use to open recalcitrant bottle tops, to no available. Finally, I opened the kitchen drawer where I keep useful tools at the ready and pulled out … Read the rest
Pack all medications and a complete change of clothing
Wear compression stockings for long flights
Bring your own water bottle onto the plane
If you will be changing airlines, check to see how your baggage will be handled
If you will have a long layover, check to see if there is a Yotel in the airport
Realize that other countries use different power, so make sure you have an adapter that will handle it. If you don’t have an adapter, the hotel will most likely be able to provide one free of charge.
If you won’t be able to use your cell phone in another country, make sure to pack it where you can find it easily upon your return … Read the rest