During interviews, or even during regular chats with friends, I’ve noticed when I say something in a jocular way – to me that is – and the recipient eye rolls or doesn’t even flinch, I tend to think, “OK, perhaps he’s/she’s not in the mood, or didn’t sleep well”, and by so, I change the way I speak. In its simplest format, this is doing and reflecting, or to rephrase it, learning by doing. This kind of learning is infinite, meaning it is constant and it continues our whole lifetime. We do things, we reflect on what we have done well and what went wrong and, normally, the older we become the wiser we become.
Some of this action and reflection happens in the moment, however, we don’t always stop to ask ourselves the questions that take time and effort. I don’t mean to say that people are lazy, but the brain is simply built to save energy, and therefore it tries to make quick interpretations. For more on how our mind works, we recommend reading “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman.
In some cases, the action-reflection loop requires deeper thinking and feedback.
One way to improve the quality of reflection is to use dialogue and co-creation. This leads to more impactful insights and actions. And, as all the people who have played our games bring so much professional expertise and life experience to the table, it’s fascinating to see how they reach better and different insights together rather than reflecting alone.
To sum it up, the idea of our games is to improve the quality of the players actions by improving the quality of reflection and insights. We do this by serious dialogue, co-creation and teaching people to ask powerful questions. And, to ensure that reflection goes to action we provide players a tool called Insights Recording Sheet*.
* Available soon as a free download on our website!