I’ve written about the importance of a debrief in an earlier blog, but its critical role in aviation and business merits a deeper dive.
I recently watched a flight demonstration by the Florida-based U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The precision with which they fly takes skill, discipline and coordination. After each performance, they engage in the flight debrief.
They go over every detail of the performance with a fine-tooth comb, i.e., what they liked, what they didn’t, and what needs to be improved. Their safety and reputation are dependent on what’s learned and adjusted from each debrief. Literally, it’s a matter of life or death.
Most private and commercial pilots take the same approach at the end of every flight. Whether dealing with challenging weather, mechanical issues, or even if the flight went as planned, we consistently reflect, document and use what we learned to improve future outcomes.
Business leaders can leverage the power of the debrief as well. Here’s why:
How We Use Debriefs in Business
Stakes in business may be different than stakes in aviation, but the power of the debrief is just as critical.
Committing to timely and consistent debriefs is what will ultimately move the needle on your business.
Think about the events and processes you have in your business. How are you using debriefs to improve them? What have you learned? Please share with us in the comments below!
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