I did a fun little pierce if work yesterday with a small department at a local college. It was a half day focused around mission and vision work. We ran through a series of exercises, they generated a bunch of data, and I’ll work with the team leader to pull it all together. It was a good day.
They asked if I would stay for lunch after, which was super nice. While eating, I found myself chatting with their training manager, and she asked me an interesting question. “Do you find more people are open to self reflection today than have been in the past?”
It’s a really good question. In my conversation with her, it seemed that part of her reason for asking it was a relatively recent adoption of reflective practices herself. Regardless, is there a move in that direction? There is certainly a developmental aspect to being self-reflective; from a capacity place as well as motivation.
It seems to me that there has been an increase in this over the last couple of decades as more and more people tap into so called self help and personal development. There’s another question that’s related that I’d also like to explore a bit: are we becoming reflective to our collective nature as well? Can we see that our “selves” are much more than individuals bumping up against one another?
What would be the indicators of this? I suspect that we’d see us treating one another (individually and collectively) a bit differently. It’s certainly something that I’d love to see more of.