Reflection Letters

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Provocation of the month:

”We all need a reality check now and then!”

This reflection letter comes out of an inspirational e-mail dialog with Bill, a friend and customer. He has been risking his life every day for several years in order to help ordinary people in war zones get access to food, water and other basic things that are needed in life. Bill is doing this far away from his own family most of the time. Reality checks are a part of his everyday life. 

 

Those of us that use Lots® for business and project development and Mindo® for individual leader development in teams, know that we spend quite some time reflecting on and analyzing our present situation. The reason we do this is because we believe in the importance of knowing where we are and why before we take actions. We will, of course, take action after we have done our reality check in order to avoid a gap between where we are and where we want to be. 

 

The are many examples of questions we can ask ourselves privately and professionally when we do our reality check: How good are we compared to other organizations within our field? How good am I as a leader? How good am I as a team member? How good am I as an inspiration to others? How good a parent am I? How good as a life partner am I? How good am I as a friend? How do I feel most days and why? How good am I or we at learning from experiences and gaining new insights? These are examples of questions that we can ask ourselves when we want to do a reality check. We need to learn to ask the relevant questions in each one of our reality checks. 

 
 

We will most likely not end up with yes or no answers to our questions. We will find that things are not black or white, even if we may think so at times. At first glance we may respond: ”Yes, I or we are so good and great at our tasks” or ”I or we are always having problems leading to our feeling bad”. We will more likely find that I or we are good at certain things and at the same time we have areas where we can improve for our own and others benefit, at work and in life in general. Our private and professional life are many times affecting each other more than we think. 

 

Let’s make a short reality check right now. Privately and/or professionally: 


How good am I as a life partner or leader or team member or parent or friend or facilitator or as a sportsman or student or the role I feel is important to me or us right now? 

 

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What can and should I/we improve? 

 

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I am convinced that we will feel better and get more constructive things done if we make our reality checks a part of our every day private and professional life. My recommendation of this month will therefore be that we get reality checks in as a part of our own reflections and in the reflections with our family, colleagues, customers and other relationships. 

 

Don’t hesistate to contact me or any of my colleagues on www.scandinavianleadership.com if you want to find out more about how reality checks can improve your leadership and your business. 

 
 

Hans 

 

We are over 11,000 people in over 50 countries that share these reflection letters. I would love to hear more from you. Share your own reflections below. It will make my day. Feel free to be totally open. This is a forum for reflection and not only admiration.

 

 

Feel free to contact me via email: hans.akerblom@scandinavianleadership.com