Take a look back (100th episode)
<music> <music> this is dawn schuler certified trainer and business consultant at the shooter group with the people thrive companies thrive podcast while i talk a lot about forward motion and that everything you do should serve that concept of moving forward not being stock not focusing on the problem. I'm but rather the solution. Sometimes we can be so caught up in forward motion forward motion ocean moving along bigger steps but we actually forget or we don't take the time to acknowledge the successes that the team the department or the organization or even the individual has had we had a tendency z. to forget that and it's in the past and we're moving forward we live in the moment where linear beings our society is very linear and it's it's moving think of it as a as one of those walking moving escalator but it's it's flat it and find them in the airports and it's always moving so you're always going to be moving along its that linear ness of our lifestyle and our culture in our society and and just life itself so we don't tend to look backwards to say hey remember this thing. We created well. There's actually a disadvantage in not doing that recently met with the leadership team of another partner company and we were talking about all of the services and products that that all of us in in the leadership team of these two companies have created over the years and it's almost mind-blowing how much has been created and company he might create something for a client job it works great and then we move onto the next project the next client and maybe we create something else else and bit by bit. We we forget all those things. We've created. Sometimes we might remember them in resurrect them and adapt got them to a new project or need a little tweaking here and there but how much have we actually forgotten and therefore that we're not celebrating liberating those successes for example. We had someone come to us to ask to to buy a particular product. We'd created a few years ago because it heard about it from someone else and so we resurrected said absolutely here it is dusted off here you go oh and they asked for something else for another piece. That wasn't a part of the original product that would help them use. It and i thought oh oh. I think we've created something like that. So we went back into the archives and found it took a look at it and said oh this is brilliant and we should should be using this by the way and how much of that exists now because of this conversation in the reality -ality of finding something that could be helpful to us now. I have a new project for my intern which is to catalog all all of the products the presentations the workshops the speaking events that we've done so that one that's going to be fresher and it's going to put it in front of our faces to as part of that cataloging will go through and see is this something that we could integrate in to newer products and services that were doing can enhance something we're doing currently or is it something that we can expand upon or we can contract a little bit. Take some pieces his out. Put it somewhere else so that's from very tangible even tactical point of view. These are products these services. These are keynote speeches. That's something that we can go out and do what about the more intangible banjul piece of this where you have employees in staff who have completed projects six. They've been on a on a client site. They completed this rebuild or this redo or this installation yet but then you move onto the next one the next rebuil- the next installation and so on and so forth well for five 'projects six out and how much has everyone forgotten about the ones you know a few iterations ago. Is there learning that could come from that. Is there some value of revisiting even just for a few minutes. The successes the challenges what what you learned what we've found is it enhances our appreciation for what we've created what our staff is created what we've been able to do as a company what our teams have been able to do on different projects because it becomes top of mind we look at it with somewhat fresher is because it's a few iterations out and we remember this is good for <unk> lotta standpoints one of which being remember remember how it's important to play the people's strengths reviewing past successes successful projects objects products services reminds in reinforces us of our strength our team member strengths and so that that is what may be helpful in current or future projects like oh yes bill did a great job because he really could see all the plates that were in the area can spinning at you know what now ah that i recall that i think he's going to be great on this project with a._b._c. company so it's not just all let's bask in our past successes. It's reviewing them. From what did we learn. How can we apply that and move forward and be successful in our next. Ventures are current projects. I've talked before about acknowledge. Learn apply and that is a process we take our internal team through and sometimes times our clients depending on the the project or the contract and it's acknowledge what happened without judgment. What what did you learn from it. And how can you apply that learning that usually happens in the moment but then we forget about it or we just we move onto the next thing part of that linear notice that i talked about what i'm suggesting in recommending is that there be some initiative initiative. Maybe once a year or twice where you review the past six to twelve months <music> from that idea of what did we learn because now we have a few more layers and lenses that the learning could it'd be even deeper and more profound. How can we apply it now. It's also a great opportunity unity to go back to your staff and your employees and say sally. I was reviewing the work. You did last year with x._y._z. Company and i want to say i again just really amazed impressed <music> at how you handled that and just wanted to say thank you and i appreciate what you do. How do you think that's going to make sally feel feel that you brought something up that you are applauding her and celebrating her. Do you think she's going to try harder. Do you think that whatever that element that concept that strength of hers that you are complimenting her on d think that she's he's probably going to work on that even more. That's why playing to your strengths is so important because if you maximize your strengths you're going to get far greater results world than if you try to boost a weakness and knowledge moment does a world of wonder studies reports in statistics show that just being acknowledged for a job well done makes people pull much more productive even than increases in salary and other benefits so if you take that time i'm to review acknowledge learn and apply even things that happened not just recently but even some time ago you're creating creating an inventory of success and celebration learning from it applying from it applying it and becoming even more successful so in that vein of forward motion. Sometimes we look back to see how far we've come and spend a few minutes revisiting way back there to see if it's applicable for where we're trying to get to in the future if you're enjoying the when people thrive thrive companies thrive podcast. 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