We often hear we need to evaluate how we are doing. If we have had an event, we are to take a step back after the event and evaluate how things went. What would we do different if we could do it over again? No question, this is a good and necessary step in carrying out any work or project.
A first cousin to this process I like to use is to take a successful event or project and simply as, “What did we do right?” This doesn’t mean we won’t come back later and look at what we could have done better, but when we throw in the negative, often we tend to focus there. Yes, we want to improve and there is always room for improvement. But when we begin with a session that focuses only on what we did right we reinforce good behavior. We can also celebrate.
List the elements you believe led to success. Then think through how you can apply those to your next event or project. If you had a great small group last week, what made it successful? If you had a productive meeting, what made it successful? If you had a memorable family dinner, what made it successful? What did you do right? What did you learn? Apply that to your next event or project.