Retrospectives; Looking Back at Our Progress

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Bruce Eckfeldt of Eckfeldt & Associates on Scaling Up Business Podcast with Bill GallagherDo you find yourself making some of the same mistakes again and again? We don’t take enough time to stop and assess our progress and we are always reacting and not thinking.  It’s time to take a thoughtful retrospective approach.

Bruce Eckfeldt is a consultant, coach, author, and speaker on organizational development and performance management. Originally an architect, he was a pioneer in the use of computer-aided design and 3D modeling. He transitioned to software design and development converting his spatial problem-solving skills to informational architecture and user experience design.

Today, Bruce works with startups and high-growth companies to develop business and operational strategy, talent planning, and performance coaching. His expertise includes growing leadership teams, planning and developing middle management, accelerating high-performance individuals, and coaching teams to higher performance.

So, how did Bruce get into retrospectives? He was first introduced to the concept when he was in software development. He’s been on projects where he spent weeks, months, and sometimes even years developing new products only to have them fall flat. How could he prevent this from happening? By taking a more lean approach to technology and by using retrorspection to strive for continuous improvement.

What does retrospectives mean, exactly?

Put simply, it’s the process of looking at the past to improve the future. The goal is to use the things we’ve done, the results we’ve already generated, as data.

One of the best ways to cultivate a retrospective environment is by creating a safe environment in the office to openly share mistakes without fear of pushback. There’s so much pressure not to mess up that people often try hide, as opposed to openly let management know there are problems within the organization. There’s so much spin in an organization that ‘it’s okay to mess up,’ but it doesn’t help solve the true problem. 

Bruce shares with us some of the best ways to create a safe space to openly share mistakes in the office.


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Scaling Up is the best-selling book, by Verne Harnish and the team at Gazelles, on how the fastest growing companies succeed where so many others fail.My name is Bill Gallagher, host of the Scaling Up Business podcast and a leading business coach with a Gazelles. We help leadership teams to get the 4 Decisions around People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash right so that they can Scale Up successfully and beat the odds of business growth success. Our 4 Decisions are all part of the Rockefeller Habits 2.0 (from the original best-selling business book, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits).