Developing your observation and reflective writing skills

As entrepreneurs, we will stumble at challenging situations, at things that may present themselves like big storms. When living in these situations, how we perceive these storms can affect our sight.

Photo by JOHN TOWNER on Unsplash

Some successful entrepreneurs may seem to have full control — as if they had a card of answers. But in reality, they can be skilled in the ability to listen and reason, even when things are very critical.

Photo by Gregory Hayes on Unsplash

Ideally, we could learn what to do if we could put ourselves at a safe distance of problems.

Photo by Nikolas Noonan on Unsplash

And it would be interesting to be able to see from above — our goal in this talk.

Photo by NASA on Unsplash

But we are always in a hurry.

Photo by Andy Beales on Unsplash

And living in urgently these situations, the modern world of opportunities (and solutions) does not help. There are just too many services, people, solutions, ideas; to any problem.

Photo by frankie cordoba on Unsplash

To improve our ability to deal with problems, we may consider a dual reporting structure that helps to be there and to see from above.

Bike photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash and highways photo by Truman Adrian Lobato De Faria on Unsplash

Observing, as in meditating, is an exercise that we need to start doing. We need to separate time for this.

Photo by Caleb George on Unsplash / Photo by Joshua Freake on Unsplash

After observing, we should develop our ability to reflect, to be able to separate feelings from other information. You can do this using writing.

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash / Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash

These skills can work. But in reality, especially in tough situations, our feelings can create distractions and prevent us from being able to observe and reason.

Photo by Derek Owens on Unsplash

One other technique can be handy. We can choose to exercise these skills looking at the problems of others, not ours.

Photo by Rémi Walle on Unsplash

If we engage in observation and reasoning for the problems of others, without being there, we will be practicing the art like a reporter.

Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

In this context, from observation to reflection, we should rely on systems and tools. We can write, edit, map with other references, add the viewpoint from others, and collaborate.

Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash
Photo by You X Ventures on Unsplash

These exercises should prepare you when you are on your road, and especially when you face problems. You will be there though you will remember to look at the compass.

Photo by Heidi Fin on Unsplash
Photo by Raphaël Biscaldi on Unsplash

And it’s not a compass that gives the right exit or an off-the-shelf solution. It’s a compass in the sense that you know that these exercises can guide you. knowing you have learned how to use these tools will leave your mind rested; because you need to preserve reasoning when fires are coming your way.

Photo by Ozzie Stern on Unsplash

--

--

--

Let’s build the next generation of founders http://www.mgalli.com/

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

How to Engage Remote Employees

Starting a Movement and Igniting Change: it happens in the middle.

Four Ways to Define Leadership

The Surprising Leadership Trait You Thought You Needed but Don’t

Welcome to the company! Assess your team’s performance for the last year.

Leading from the front: 5 brilliant reasons why leaders should trust their teams and get out the…

Learning your way to a strategy

Emotional Intelligence in COVID-19 Times

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Marcio S Galli

Marcio S Galli

Let’s build the next generation of founders http://www.mgalli.com/

More from Medium

5 Ways Yoga Made Me a Better Professional

10 Best Foods for a Healthy Heart

best food for healthy heart content image

How much is worth it?

What I’m Listening to This Week: