Working with coaching clients, sometimes their homework may including making the time to journal on a specific topic to deepen the reflection.

 

Sometimes people question the importance and the impact of journaling.  Recently I was reading the book The Coaching Habit:  Say Less, Ask More and Change the way you Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier, founder of Box of Crayons.  On page 186 Michael writes

 

“People don’t really learn when you tell them something.

They don’t even really learn when they do something.

They start learning, start creating new neural pathways only when they have a chance to recall and reflect on what just happened.”

 

Take a moment to consider the last five things you have learned.

Make a list of those five things.

Think about what made you retain what you learned.

How did you hold onto the knowledge or skill?

What specifically held you to the application of the learning?

 

(Almost) Every client interaction I ask myself what’s one thing I did well and what’s one thing I could do differently.

Applying Stanier’s reflection I will now adjust my approach by:

  1. Writing the self assessment insights down (to better reflect on the learning)
  2. Ask myself – What was most useful for me in this experience and how so?

 

If you’re going to take the time to reflect on something (and when I say that I am thinking about those of us who can merry-go-round thoughts in our heads after a situation) how about doing it with a productive and objective approach instead ;0)

 

Over to you (and me) starting today!  xo