The end of the year is the perfect time to sit down with your team and reflect on accomplishments. This is especially important when it comes to individual achievements.
My Executive Coach Jacob Galea sat down with me recently to do a reflection on 2016. He believes that the most important time of the year to do some “Reflection Mapping” on the year past is now. This is a very powerful exercise for me. Reflection Mapping helps you take a helicopter view of the year you have just journeyed through.
Some of the key questions we worked with were:
- What were my biggest achievements this year?
- What were my biggest learning’s this year?
- What were my mistakes this year?
- What were my biggest growth areas this year?
- What key business relationships did I make this year?
- What were my emotional shifts this year?
- What were my biggest mindset shifts this year?
- Am I happy with what I accomplished in 2016?
- What are my key goals for 2017 and why?
The point of this exercise is to look at where you have been, where you are now, and where you are going. Jacob explained to me that we often don’t take time to stop and analyse our movements and improvements. Self-reflection is like giving yourself feedback. It’s so crucial to being the very best version of yourself. This begs the questions: Do you have conversations like these with your team? Does your manager ask you any of these questions? As we approach 2017, it is a good time to recognise our own achievements in 2016.
2016 wrap up
It’s no secret that the end of the year is a crazy time in business. Our biggest potential mistake as leaders and managers is pushing our team too hard during this time – running the risk of burning them out. We often forget to take the time to stop and reflect, give thanks or recognise the good work they have contributed to for the year. Disgruntled employees evolve from a lack of belonging and recognition but also from a lack of self-awareness.
Keep your team moving. Keep reflecting. Keep evolving.
Taking the time to have a Reflection Mapping conversation with your team at year’s end will not only give you the chance to give your team members thanks for their hard work and effort but it also gives them the opportunity to realise what a top year they have had. Helping them realise and recognise that they have performed and evolved across the year helps breed an environment of consistent growth and employee happiness. If you haven’t done so already, take your staff out for a coffee and have the conversation. Keep your team moving. Keep reflecting. Keep evolving.
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