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BHT Thrive: Time to reflect

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Reflection gives the brain an opportunity to pause amidst the chaos, untangle and sort through observations and experiences, consider multiple possible interpretations, and create meaning. This meaning becomes learning, which can then inform future mindsets and actions. For everyone, this “meaning making” is crucial to their ongoing growth and development.

Reflection log

To use individually or as a prompt for conversations with others.



What happened?

How did I feel, what did I think at the time?

How do I feel now?

What did I take from the experience? Good things and not so great, (think about why that is)

Can you think about the situation and try and understand the factors that led to it and/or your response?

If I were to encounter a similar situation in the future, what would I do differently?

Team reflection 1 - lessons learned

Teams often get frustrated because obstacles get in the way of doing a great job. In conjunction with management, it’s up to you to identify and remove these obstacles and make sure your team is performing at its best.

So ask your team these questions to uncover any barriers to progress:

1. What didn’t go so well last year?

2. Were there any cringe-worthy moments?

3. What is the one thing our team didn't do so well in the past year?

4. What did we learn from our mistakes?

5. What lessons can we leverage?

6. What could we do differently over the next 12 months?

7. What break-through moments did we experience last year?

8. What is holding us back?

9. What can each of us do to be more helpful to the team?

Ask your team to be honest and critical without judgment. Only by sharing failures can we learn from our mistakes and identify hard-won lessons we would be wise not to repeat.

Individual reflection

Adapted from Gibbs Reflective Learning Cycle, 1988



Team reflection 2

Set aside 5 minutes at the start or end of a meeting to pose one of the questions below to the team.

1. Which success stories reflect how our team has grown over the last year?

2. What is the one thing our team did best last year?

3. What has been the team’s proudest moment?

4. What are others saying about our team?

5. What did we make happen that was outside of our objectives and for the good of the organisation?