The Value of Reflecting on Your Past

Looking in Rearview MirrorAge and experience teach us lessons we wish we could teach our former selves. Even though we can’t affect the past, reflecting on those lessons and the lessons taught us by our best leaders can inform how we lead in the future.

There are so many things I wish I could tell “younger me.” I would avoid so many problems, capture so many opportunities, and generally be a better person. Oh well. Too bad, so sad. Not possible.

But before I skip off into my future, I’ve found it helpful to reflect on the lessons I would teach my past self and thought about how I can still apply those lessons to my future. Add to that thinking about the best leaders I’ve worked for and the guidance they would give me and there are a few great lessons I can apply to how I live my life and lead my team going forward.

Recently I had the opportunity to discuss these topics with Jamie Newman  at Your Best Manager. We got together on his podcast to discuss the impact my best leaders have had on me as well as lessons I wish I could teach my former self. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and hope you do too. I encourage you to embark on the same introspection and ask what you can learn and apply to your future.

Listen to the podcast here:

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Jamie. I certainly enjoyed speaking with him. I encourage you to give the tools we discussed a try and see how it impacts the way you lead going forward.

Mike Figliuolo at thoughtLEADERS, LLC

Jamie Newman started with a  simple goal.  To help aspiring managers become manager-ready and help first-time managers effectively build and lead a team… without having to “figure it out” on their own.

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One Response to “The Value of Reflecting on Your Past”

  1. Jamie Newman says:

    Thanks for sharing some of your story – enjoyed the conversation. You know, when you take some time to reflect like this, and you think about the people who contributed to your personal and professional development… it’s an opportunity to reach out and say ‘Thank You’. I actually think I need to make some of those calls myself.

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