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June 27, 2014

Lessons Learned and Other Stuff


At BDC we have many traditions; some are loved more than others. For example, birthday lunches are a HUGE hit, whereas “being dished,” not so much.

One tradition that has mixed reviews is that of “Lessons Learned.” During most Friday team meetings, everyone around the table is expected to look inward and identify a lesson he or she learned that week. The lessons shared aren’t meant to be what was read in an article or seen in a video, but rather an “a-ha” moment that challenged and developed us personally and professionally.

We’ve been doing Lessons Learned for many years and it is one of the most simplistic exercises, yet one of the hardest. It forces each person to really think about his or her actions, why and the outcome. It demands self-actualization (for all you Maslow-vians out there) and it forces humility and courage. Humility to admit error and courage to share it openly so others may learn from it.

My lesson this week? 

No matter how long I’ve been doing this  … there are always more lessons to be learned.