I had a lengthy conversation with my family the other day about keeping track of lessons in all we do.
You see, I was fortunate enough to be a part of some fascinating teams at Raytheon, EDS & the VA and also in some of the small businesses I’ve been a part of.
One of the skills I fine-tuned and have mastered over the years relates to reflecting on and thinking through what is appropriately called “Lessons Learned”.
Typically done & thought about only during project close outs, I found it much easier to document thoughts, processes, decisions & reasoning as I went.
A few things are critical as it relates to these writings though, else they’re meaningless.
First, they have to be objective & concrete. Facts are critical. Subjective thoughts, feelings or intangibles are hard to quantify and learn from.
Second, they have to be written with a purpose. As in, who is it for? What circumstances did this happen under? What can be gleaned from this experience?
Third, what went right and why or can be better next time? The more you can identify that led to a particular positive result the better. The more you can identify that reduces the chances for future failures, the better.
Fourth, they need to be communicated to all stakeholders to ensure everyone levels up and wins, either by being part of the success or by knowing more about how to do avoid problems later on.
Can we all do this is our everyday life? Absolutely! And we should, at least to some extent.
Truth be told, we all do this just by surviving, but the intentional act of writing it down and thinking through events in an objective non-emotional way can be life-altering.
Like, you literally avoid doing dumb stuff over and over.
So, here’s to learning lessons and to Lessons Learned.
Get better. Enjoy life more.
#TalentPlusSkill #CompetitiveAwareness #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Athlete #Coaching by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Did you really give it your all? Did you put in that 100% effort you think you did? Did you really go out there and give it all...
Let’s Go Branding
#BuildABrand #WelcomeToMoes #MoreThanALogo #CustomersFirst #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Branding #Business by SHAWN TRAUTMAN “Let’s Go Branding!” There was a time I’d go out of my way to find a Moe’s. I know the food isn’t quite the best quality out...
Make It Happen
You are it. You’re the one that can make it happen. Not me. Not them. Not some stranger. Not us. You. A team of one.
“I don’t know if she understood, dad” says my daughter. “And, why do you do that to people?” I pondered this for only a few seconds before answering and then my answer was clear…
I’ve Never Been to a Hooters
When most people think of branding, they think of colors and logos. Branding is the core essence of your existence. It’s what your brand represents. It’s what your brand conveys. It’s the imagination your brand ignites. It’s the experience and feelings and atmosphere. It’s the floors, tables, dust, and lighting. It’s the menu & word choices, the food, the speed, and the smile that comes with it. It’s the bathrooms and the soap and the garbage and the type of toilet paper. It’s the system that works to remind you that you’re there for a reason. It’s what gets you to talk about it over and over and over.
Check Engine Light for Your Body
What would life look like if we had an internal check engine light that others could see? What does this mean and is it possible that we’re heading in this direction?
The Road To Successful Coaching
Coaching is much more than just winning. Here you’ll learn 20 of the top strategies for successful coaches and have your own playbook for truly making an impact as a coach.
What would happen if a large chunk of the Canary Islands did, in fact, break off? How much water would there be? How large would the tsunami be? Who would it impact and when? I explore all these thoughts and more, here.
Goodbye to the Net
#BlackOut #SolarFlare #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #AreYouReady by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Have you ever stopped and thought about what runs on the Internet nowadays? (this is important). I mean, really, if there happened to be an unexpected...
In This Moment
#InTheMoment #PickYourBattle #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Health by SHAWN TRAUTMAN I’m paying attention, yet detaching. I’m preparing more, yet letting go. I’m watching other’s more, yet closing my eyes more. I’m sharing more, yet...