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What Went Right And What Didn’t

Converting mistakes into learning moments

Process is king, I believe, and so these things have to play themselves out; there’s no right answer. – Ricardo Semler


In a Nutshell

While companies grow, it’s also important to look back at the mistakes that they’ve made during this process and understand what happened. For this purpose, retrospective meetings are great for organizations and their employees.

Creating a space where people can openly discuss their ideas is critical for growth. This safe space where employees aren’t afraid of being judged, can give birth to not just solutions to past problems, but also innovative ideas that can really propel the company.

It’s also a great process to learn from the company’s mistakes and adapt to change.

Retrospectives are a great risk management tool that enable leaders to identify risks at an early stage. When team members are comfortable discussing issues, they might help the company in surprising ways, including spotting problems that are in their early stage and thereby saving the company a lot of trouble later on.

The thing to remember about retrospectives is to not just concentrate on the past and on the problems but to also praise the good work that the employees have put in. An overemphasis on problems might discourage them or make them feel unappreciated. So a healthy dose of positive feedback will balance these meetings and create an environment that’s transparent and safe.

 

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