I was checking out a post on a blog written by a man named Robert Tanner titled Improving Productivity With a Lessons Learned Analysis.

I found it an interesting post for a couple of reasons. One, it seems the blog was created with some interesting technology that I might have to explore further one of these days; lucky for me, I figured my way around some of it; no questions answered here. 🙂 Two, the post is basically predicated on how managers decide to respond to these five questions:

1. What did we expect to occur?

2. What actually happened?

3. What worked well and why?

4. What did not work and why?

5. What needs to be done differently?

I thought this was a great idea, and I hope you go over and read what he has to say. However, I fear that many people probably don’t go this far in evaluating their performance, or the way things are performing around them. I feel that way because of what I’ve seen happen over and over and what I hear people saying about those they report to.

There’s always fear in changing the status quo, even if it can make things better. When one has to do a self analysis, it can be frightening to learn that things aren’t what you thought they were. Going through the process Mr. Tanner outlines will be beneficial, but you have to want to do it for it to be successful.

Oh yeah; he also says this is a part of what he calls a “manager’s toolbox. There are more posts on his blog with that phrase in them; it wouldn’t hurt to take a look around and glean more information from his words.