It is one of those times here at Remarkable House, where there are a number of projects coming to a close.
If you are a reader of this blog or our Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential newsletter, you know that our 3rd Annual Best of Leadership Blogs contest has just ended (here is a recap if you missed it).
These are just two examples of recent projects ending – except that they aren’t quite done yet. Let’s take the Best of Leadership Blogs project. While the voting is closed, there is more to be done, including arguably the most important task – reviewing the project, and through our debrief, determining what went well and what we need to improve for next year.
In other words, the project isn’t done until until we have reviewed it, not just for results, but for learning.
There are two major learning areas that we can glean by exercising this innovative leadership approach.
1. Learning for the repeat of that project next season or next year.
2. Learning from that project that we can generalize out to other projects, situations, changes, relationships etc.
In my experience too few organizations (and therefore too few leaders) do any of this.
This is a tangible place for us to exert our leadership influence by making sure that in the glow and elation of project completion, we don’t lose our opportunity to learn from all of the activity, (perhaps pain and frustration) and accomplishment.
It is our responsibiltiy as a leader to make this happen, because without us, it won’t.
Here then is one of your leadership activities for today.:
Consider a project that has recently completed and schedule a meeting to debrief the lessons learned. If you have no recently completed meetings, put it on your calendar to debrief your next project within one week of it ending.