As the year concludes, its time to harness team insight & foresight, through story telling…

The holiday season often provides us more time for personal reflection. However few of us take real advantage of that time, more difficult today in a 24/7 ‘always on’ culture.

Make team reflection as much of a priority as your personal reflection. There is no better time to ‘think together’ than now, before everyone disappears for the Christmas/New Year holidays.

Some leaders round off the year with celebratory drinks or the customary ‘thank for you for a great year’ letter. Others list the achievements for the year as a send off to a weary team ready for a break. A simple 3X3X3 framework reflected in a communication to the group also works: 3 things that went well, 3 things that could have gone better, 3 things that we should focus on in the coming year.

Few leaders of teams however leverage the gift of reflective energy that comes to each of us this time of year to consolidate learning through generating group insight and extend learning through unleashing group foresight.

A powerful reflective approach to use with your team of reports is to get them to write a narrative or story about the year that has just been and then share with each other. Sounds simple but structured and facilitated well, it deepens business insight, strengthens foresight and aligns the team for the challenges ahead.

Stories are powerful ways of building collective purpose, engagement and commitment for the year ahead.  And fun too! Time to use this end of year store of reflective energy wisely….and reap the rewards in the coming year…

For guidance on how to facilitate such a process with your team


Written by Meena Thuraisingham
Director and Principal, Talent Invest

Meena Thuraisingham is a consultant, author, executive coach and thought leader in the area of People and Culture. An organisational psychologist by training, she founded TalentInvest, a niche consulting practice, advising global clients in the UK, Asia and Australia in Capability and Culture. Meena is also a regular speaker internationally on leadership effectiveness and culture change.

Her published books are The Secret Life of Decisions, Careers Unplugged and Derailed!. Get Your Copy Today