Most of us are familiar with the famous quote from ‘Snow White’ where the evil queen studies her reflection and ask the mirror: ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all’. An example of reflective activity perhaps!

Reflective practise dates back to BC – Confucious (551-479 BC) who suggested there are three methods we learn wisdom:

  1. Reflection
  2. Imitation
  3. Experience

Reflective practise is routed in theory since 18th century. Another example is John Dewey (1859 – 52) an American philosopher and educational reformer who was the founder of experiential education, linking reflection and action to enable new experience and knowledge.

Kolbs learning styles are also a good example of developing reflective practice through Kolbs model of a) experience, b) reflection, c) learning and d) planning / experimentation.

Carol Rogers (1902 – 87) a prominent American psychotherapist supported that self-awareness is crucial for personal growth.

So, how do we develop our reflective practise skills? Most of us do this daily when we get into a car – we look in the rear mirror to see what’s coming up behind us, so we can make judgements on our next manoeuvre or look into our side mirrors to judge decisions we make. Well, it is the same in our everyday life at work – taking time to reflect and assess situations from all angles, helps us to critically analyse and better inform our decision making.

Whether it is for managing our careers; management, business and skills development, taking time to reflect on who we are, where we are going, what impact we have on others, what motivates us, will help with our personal growth and success in the workplace.

Start today by taking a 2 minute break, sitting or standing quietly to reflect on what’s occurring right now.

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