🌟The Hotwash Habit.
A “hotwash” ( or after action review) is a reflection exercise that you do immediately after an activity. It comes from the military and is now used in the crisis management community.
Rockstar scientists and engineers adopt it as a personal habit, and you should too.
Here’s how it works:
🎯After a project, presentation, or other activity you’ve spent some time preparing for, write down:
- What was the goal?
- What went well (that you want to repeat next time or transfer another activity)?
- What do you need to revisit (don’t repeat, improve, change)?
This is a simple but powerful exercise, especially for high achievers like you.
💡It helps high achievers appropriately judge the impact of their actions.
🔷High achievers typically don’t spend enough time acknowledging wins.
🔷We tend to just brush off accomplishments as luck, or give credit to external factors.
🔷We typically spend too much time focusing on failure.
🔷We often wallow in what went wrong and get into a cycle of beating ourselves up.
💎When you build the Hotwash Habit, you’ll objectively look at your actions in real time and realize that almost all of your efforts are a combination of things that went well and things that can be improved.
💡It puts you in a learning and continuous improvement mindset.
🔷When you constantly review your actions and think of ways to improve or transfer learnings you will start to find creative solutions to all sorts of problems.
🔷You will quickly differentiate yourself from the other 99% of people who just walk around in a fog or blame other people for everything.
💡If you are a leader, implement this habit with your team. Teach them that your organization is a learning organization. Be sure to include all stakeholders.
❓ If you’re wondering why it’s called a hotwash, you can get the backstory here:
P.S. Full disclosure, that is my kid’s guitar. He informed me right before I took that picture that I had been holding it wrong!🤣
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