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Why reflection matters

This time of year can be overwhelming. With packed schedules, last-minute deadlines, family obligations, and travel, it can be tricky to carve out the time for self-care and reflection.

But reflecting is a crucial step in the learning process. A recent Harvard Business School study found that people who were asked to reflect on a prior experience before taking a test performed better than those who did not. This research confirmed how important it is to make an “intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience.”


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To paraphrase the philosophy of psychologist and education reformer John Dewey, we do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.

For leaders, it can be particularly useful to take stock and build upon on the lessons of the previous year. Reflection helps leaders to strategize more effectively and to set their teams up for success.

Take the next step

To help you with this process, we’ve compiled some of our favorite questions for self-reflection in a free, downloadable worksheet. Print it out, pour yourself a warm beverage, find a quiet space, and think about how you will show up at your best in the New Year.



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