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  • How to Review Success and Positive Experiences - actively
    positive experience Ways of applying positive thinking to recent experiences so that you can find out learn from and build on achievement and success Ideas that will help you to escape from or stay clear from nit picking post mortems that spiral down into negativity Secrets of success exposed Here you can find out about more positive ways of learning from experience Top Who is this section for Reviewing Success is for bright people interested in the bright side of reviewing as one of many sides to reviewing What will you find here You will find debriefing methods for learning from success and ways of getting the positive negative balance right in your reviewing What s new or different Positive thinking is often associated with visions of the future rather with learning from experience Positive thinking in reviewing helps us to find learn from and build on what we already do well Is it any better than learning from failure It is usually quicker to copy what works well rather than trying to work out what might work from what doesn t work It certainly less painful and draws on positive energy Learning from success avoids the defensiveness and negative energy that hangs around failure Even so it is sometimes better to focus on failure but please not all the time Why explore this section To find a happier and more effective alternative to review sessions that spiral down into negativity Find out about ways of learning from experience other than Learning from Mistakes and Learning by Trial and Error Top Everyone Deserves Success The ideas in this section and throughout this Active Reviewing Guide are suitable for working with people of all ages You will of course need to adjust how you present and adapt these methods to suit

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  • Brief Encounters Ice-breaker: an icebreaker for Sharing Success
    When have you felt that you achieved the impossible How did you learn to dance How did you learn to find your way around on the internet What is the longest applause you have received What challenging goals are you on the way to achieving Can you describe a turning point that led to your success in a new skill Have you ever communicated with someone without knowing each other s language Who inspires you and how are you a bit like them From your own experience what advice would you give to young entrepreneurs Have you ever been a successful go between in helping to stop a fight or resolve a dispute What s the closest you have been to winning an Oscar Can you name a fear that has held you back but no longer gets in the way How did you learn to talk What s the closest you have been to becoming a pop star What s the closest you have been to becoming prime minister What s the closest you have been to becoming an Olympic champion Have you ever succeeded in getting publicity for a cause you believe in How do you make dreams come true How do you learn from your successes How do you help those around you to be successful How many successes do you have on an average day When have you felt that you deserved a big pay rise or an extra holiday How might you make it into the Guinness Book of Records based on something you have already done What 3 small successes have you already achieved today What do you see when you picture success What 3 things have you already done today to help others succeed Have you ever been successful without really trying What is the quietest success you have ever had What is the loudest success you have ever had What is the longest song poem or quotation that you can recite What is one of your favourite sayings or quotations about success Have you ever turned a failure into a success What would you like to be remembered for Have you ever had an unexpected success that really surprised you Have you ever had to work really hard for success How do you inspire others What is good about your time management Add your own success question by writing to roger reviewing co uk Easy to Print Version Acknowledgement Brief Encounters is based on an ice breaker introduced to me by Jim Cain co author of Teamwork and Teamplay In Jim s version the starting point is a central briefing where everyone has a blank card and writes down their own question The Brief Encounters version is self running people can collect their cards as they arrive and enter the room With the briefing on each card there is no need for a central briefing If you want to know more about Jim s book this link will take you straight to

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  • Admitting Success: helping people acknowledge what they do well
    pressure may ridicule some kinds of achievement Strategies for getting people to admit their success Encourage the person to talk about their success If they are reluctant to talk in front of a group then find them a partner or a small group in which they will be happier to speak up about their success Praise the person about their success Use reviewing methods that allow the praise to come from several sources especially from other group members Such messages will have greater credibility if they feature as part of a session in which everyone is receiving positive appraisal and not just the individual who is resistant to praise and admitting success see Feedback Create an opportunity for a repeat of the success or for achieving something similar This should prove it wasn t a fluke or a trick the first time If seeing is believing then doing is even more so especially if doing it twice If admitting success becomes an issue then use more acceptable words temporarily For example people who are reluctant to talk about things they do well may be happy to talk about things they like and enjoy doing and may even admit some improvement but without calling it or seeing it as a success Respect the individual Don t force the issue An individual who is resistant to feedback even if the feedback is positive has a right to opt out By making it OK to opt out you are showing them respect and you are supporting them They are then free to choose if and when they change their minds They are likely to gain more strength from this approach than from being forced into a nonsensical surrender OK you win I ll say I put in a fantastic performance if it will

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  • Questions for Success: Tools for Reviewing Positive Experiences
    back Alternative question What strengths can you use more and build on Question asked What do you want to achieve Question heard What can you not do now Alternative question What is your recipe for success What will you now apply that to All of the above questions can be asked to individuals or to groups Top Reviewing by Questions One of the most frequently used reviewing methods is where a facilitator asks questions to the group Two common pieces of advice are to ask open questions unless you want a yes no answer to follow a particular sequence such as following a learning cycle that leads into the next activity or event A third piece of advice I would add is to check the positive negative balance of your questioning Monitoring the balance of your questions Before a reviewing session write down the main questions you are likely to ask and mark each with a symbol likely to focus on positives could lead in any direction likely to focus on negatives You can repeat this exercise following the session but based on the questions you actually did ask A co worker may be able to help you with this and may even be helpful enough to record the kinds of responses that each question produced There are no right or wrong answers about the correct or best ratio of postives to negatives Feedback from learners will certainly assist your judgement on this point This is explored further on the feedback and evaluation pages Top More examples of alternative questions What went wrong Also try What went right What were the most promising ideas Could any of these ideas have worked If so how What issues shall we put on the agenda Also try What issues have shifted down or

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  • Finding Success and Using it as a Source of Learning and Growth
    Another way of breaking through this vicious cycle is to search for a positive base from which to build up confidence and on which to grow solutions One way of finding this positive base is to ask people to recall times when the problem wasn t a problem or wasn t so much of a problem By guiding people in this way towards occasions when things weren t so bad solutions or part solutions may well suggest themselves Finding Exceptions is a variation of the Starting from Strengths philosophy that has now found a home in the world of Brief Therapy or Solution Focused Therapy See Appreciating Success links to related sites Top Scaling placing problems on a scale Another useful technique from Brief Therapy is a variation of positions or diagonals in which people place themselves on a line somewhere between two extremes that represent something like things couldn t get any worse and the best case scenario If the full spectrum is divided into 100ths rather than 10ths or if the spectrum is well spread out then it decreases the chances that anyone will place themselves right at the things couldn t get any worse end Assuming that no one occupies the very end position you ask people to look at the very worst end and note their distance from it and ask them what they are doing that is keeping moving them away from that end If the end position is firmly occupied all is not lost Check that the person has not always been at this position If that s the case ask them to move to another point on the spectrum that represents another better occasion When the person moves to a new point ask them what was better about it If the person stays

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  • Expressing Success: Helping people to communicate achievements
    transform the negative experience into something more positive In the case of success we may have no concerns but if the success is a rare one a ray of sunshine in a gloomy picture then it can be even more important that this opportunity for learning is not squandered But however rare the success there are surely benefits all round if magic experiences can be communicated and the magic shared round a bit Such stories can bring pride and confidence to the story teller can be inspiring to others and can help to provide everyone with a deeper though never complete understanding of the source and nature of the success If words and questions seem to be getting nowhere fast as in the example at the top of this page it may be that the timing is wrong or the audience is wrong or the medium is wrong This guide provides many ways in which different media can be used to help people express their stories See for example stories and pictures BALANCING SUCCESS Choosing Silence Everyone has a right to silence and may prefer not to announce the details of magic experiences Some magic is private Some magic is

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  • Balancing Success: Balancing positives and negatives in reviews
    list that is too long remember this is a brainstorm Make a mental note of the balance between positive negative and neutral items appearing on the list Once you have generated a longish list ask How should we choose what to review from this list Discourage straight choices about what to review and focus discussion on the criteria for choosing what to review If necessary introduce the positive negative balance into this discussion about criteria but do not assume that everyone has the same view about which items are positive and which are negative This in itself can be a useful discussion Conclude the discussion by summarising the criteria that have emerged and use these to guide future reviews This was a discussion about reviewing rather than an actual review of the experience You must judge whether an actual review is still appropriate at this point After a few more reviews return to the list of criteria and consider revising it with the group The outcomes of this whole process should be suitably balanced reviews the group taking an intelligent interest in the reviewing process itself the facilitator being better able to judge which reviewing tools to use when UNDERSTANDING

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  • Understanding Success: investigating the causes of achievement
    such as Do you remember where you were and what you were doing at this point Do you remember what you were feeling thinking saying Can you help anyone else remember what they were doing or saying at this point This exercise in reconstruction works best if everyone gets up and gets involved in the reconstruction But it can be more convenient and more easily managed if the group remain seated while watching the person walking through This role can be rotated The likely answer to the question Whodunit is We all did it but following a reconstruction everyone should have a much better understanding of how this group achievement was produced and who did what LIKELY OUTCOME A group that understands how its success was achieved is more likely to be successful in the future whether or not they choose to follow the same recipe again TOP Charting Success Charting Success is based on Disaster Charting Major disasters are often followed by a promise from a politician or investigator that no stone will be left unturned One of the methods that is used for this involves creating charts that trace back the causes of each problem and sub problem etc Obviously there is a huge incentive for such detailed enquiry when the purpose is both disaster prevention and sorting out compensation claims But the basic principle is adaptable and transferable to Charting Success The end result of Charting Success is a collection of flow charts like mind maps that lead stage by stage into the final successful outcome It will look like a logistical plan except that it has been created after the event and shows what actually happened rather than what was planned For charting the causes of a success first write down the main achievement at the top of a flipchart A1 size Now ask the group for about 3 things that happened shortly before the main achievement and that in some way contributed to the achievement Record these 3 things in a well spaced list below the heading Add arrows pointing to each item from the left hand margin These 3 items become the headings for new lists From this stage people work in sub groups to produce new lists using A2 size paper then A3 then A4 standard letter size The result if laid out over the floor is an ever growing pattern of connected charts Colour coding can help to bring out different themes and to show connections across different causal chains The result is a word picture of how success happened Encourage the moving or re grouping of lists to present different or more accurate pictures of what really happened If you are lucky enough to possess one of those magnetic boards with moveable hexagonal shapes you could play for hours with this idea However you do lose the potential advantage of working in sub groups something that the paper based version is designed to encourage TOP Rewind reverse replay of an achievement

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