I was asked recently to prepare and deliver a talk for Business Studies undergrads at Cass Business School on the topic of Reflective Practice. Pulling strands together from my current academic endeavours, my career to-date and my busy family life, I realised just how important it is to being a fully rounded human being! How I wish someone had introduced me to Reflective Practise as an undergraduate or even earlier in my education. It seems to me to be a life skill we should all learn early so that it becomes second nature.
I started my own blog a few months ago to help with my own personal reflection. During our recent Technologies for Creativity and Innovation module, we were required to write reflective tweets and I’ve carried on doing it (@AlisonDuffyMICL). I’m also putting together a reflective journal for assessment as part of our Creative Industries module. I’m finding all of this activity fascinating, energising and really helpful. I’m discovering who I am and what I’m capable of and I’m listening to my ‘inner voice’.
Looking back on something to examine what went well and what didn’t is so important in all aspects of our lives. Recognising feelings, behaviour patterns and mental models is relevant to relationships, team working, leadership, creativity, innovation, self-awareness, confidence, motivation…
Why is it then, that very few organisations seem to encourage it?
Reflection requires time, space and a desire to discover how things really are. And it’s personal.
Have I just answered my own question?!