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Pause and Reflect

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 29 December 2013



Pause and Reflect
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 162
Posted DateSaturday 28 December 2013 22:59 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
CategoriesAfter Action Review
PeoplePaul Corney , Victor Newman

I have long thought that the real value in an after-action review was not all the lessons captured and stored but simply taking the time to "pause and reflect" together and the actual conversation that takes place, so I was pleased to see this blog post ‘Pause & Reflect' session or an ‘After Action Review'? from Paul Corney.

Pausing and reflecting is probably also an easier concept to introduce to an organisation than more formal after-action reviews.

I also like the idea of "the power of 3" - that most people can remember 3 things and act on them. I lean much more to "the power of 1" though :-)

I think people are far more likely to remember and act on just one thing than three. It's why at the end of most of my Knowledge Cafes, I go around the circle and ask everyone to share one "actionable insight" with the group - one thing that they are taking away from the conversation and plan to do or has had a significant impact on the way that they see things that will almost certainly alter the course of future decisions that they make.

Paul also mentions reverse brainstorming. I am not too sure if its the same concept that I work with but It probably is as I learnt it from Victor Newman whom Paul mentions in his post. This is the Reverse Brainstorming process that I use.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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